January 2014 Blog Posts (145)

The Best and Most Controversial Car Reviews of 2013

The last year has been very prolific in terms of new car models entering the market. With the global car sales not hitting the predicted level in North America and clearly struggling in Western Europe, the manufacturers have had to think creatively, thus providing motoring journalists with more material than they could possibly devour. The availability of exciting new cars has inundated the cyberspace with both great and controversial car reviews.

From a dealership’s perspective, the…

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Added by Arvid Linde on January 30, 2014 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Super Bowl Ad Preview: How Have OEMs Positioned Themselves?

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As a marketer, I’ve got my eye on two battles at this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Of course, there’s the action on the field - Super Bowl XLVII, a gladiatorial war waged between mountainous men in an arctic Jersey winter. A clash between Seattle’s young talent and Peyton Manning’s legacy. Many Americans care about this game, and they are called “gamblers.”

 

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Added by Stephen Jackson on January 30, 2014 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

CAR LEASE DRIVERS LOOK TO PART WAYS WITH THEIR LEASE IN RECORD TIME

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, says its customers are escaping their car leases at a new record pace. According to data from December 2013 listings, the average months remaining on cars listed during the month was 22.1, a new record for the 14-year-old marketplace. The previous record was 21.8 months remaining, set back in August 2006 and prior to the recession.



With average lease terms still set at 36 months,…

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Added by John Sternal on January 30, 2014 at 2:16pm — No Comments

How to Create a Great Place to Work and Why You Need to Do This Now

In my last blog, "Why Aren't Your Customers Loyal?" I discussed the connection between customer loyalty and employee happiness. My belief is that many dealers are wasting money on customer loyalty programs if they are not also focused on making their employees happy and on creating a great place to work.

 

I am proud of the fact that Auto/Mate was recently…

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Added by Mike Esposito on January 29, 2014 at 7:46pm — No Comments

VinSolutions and Xtime Announce Partnership to Integrate Retail and Service CRM Systems

VinSolutions, the marketplace leader and developer of Internet-based customer relationship management (CRM) and internet lead management (ILM) for the automotive industry, and Xtime, the leading retention solution for automotive manufacturers and service departments, today announced a new partnership. This partnership will enable dealers to have an enhanced service CRM experience by utilizing both the VinSolutions CRM platform and the Xtime retention solution to enable call centers, service…

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Added by Joseph Little on January 29, 2014 at 2:03pm — No Comments

LinkedIn Expands to Follow Specific Brands and Products

LinkedIn recently launched Showcase Pages in an effort to consolidate brand presence. Showcase Pages are made to complement Company Pages, with the focus on following specified brands as opposed to the company.

This will enhance LinkedIn, giving users the ability to expand their brand relationships and understand the demographics of each brand follower by specific interest within an organization. Additionally, Showcase Pages come with LinkedIn analytics.

This new feature is…

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Added by Rebecca Ward on January 29, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

From Finance To Dealer Insight To Auction Results

Here is the latest Used Car Market Report from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. I knew it was going to be a great week when a couple of dealers from Ohio, that were on the same flight and whom I did not know, but who watch this video market blog every week, had one of the flight attendants come to my seat and start asking questions about Black Book. I thought this a little strange but like I tell…

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Added by John Sternal on January 29, 2014 at 9:01am — No Comments

Dealers and Vendors Make The Most of Of Being Stuck in New Orleans

By Brian Pasch

When the icy weather shutdown most of New Orleans, PCG staff members and thousands of NADA attendees had some tough choices to make.  Some attendees decided to rent a car and drive to their homes. Other NADA…

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Added by Brian Pasch on January 29, 2014 at 8:50am — No Comments

As I predicted "Google Cars Is Dead" Was I the only Black Sheep to predict this wasn't going to work?

TTAC has learned that Google is shutting down its car shopping service, which existed only in beta form for San Francisco Bay Area shoppers. Visitors to the site have received a message stating

“The Google San Francisco…

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Added by MANNY LUNA on January 29, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

Your dreams aren't their dreams

(Photo credit: One of my daughter Mackenzie's pictures hanging in my office)

Don't feel like reading? Let me read it to you here

I think there are 2 defining moments for a leader: The first one is leading through adversity and the second is …

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Added by Marsh Buice on January 28, 2014 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Understand Search To Sell More

Would you like to learn about how search algorithms work? Did you know that your own digital body language helps tailor the ads you actually see? Find out more on this week's Think Tank Tuesday.…

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Added by Paul Potratz on January 28, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments

That Was A BLAST : NADA 2014 Recap

 

This years NADA was definitely one for the books. Taking place in one of the best cities in America, New Orleans, LA. The times to be had were extremely fun and the information we gathered on the auto industry was insightfully eye opening.

The convention center was like a massive maze of everything auto with our friends being scattered…

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Added by Josh Knutson on January 28, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

DMEautomotive’s Driver Connect 2.5 Wins AWA Award at NADA 2014

DMEautomotive’s groundbreaking mobile app for dealerships wins prestigious Automotive Website Award

 

New Orleans, LA – January 27, 2014 – DMEautomotive (DMEa), the science-inspired, results-based automotive marketing leader, today announced that its groundbreaking mobile app for dealerships, Driver Connect 2.5, was presented with an Automotive Website Award from PCG Consulting  in the Automotive Mobile…

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Added by Crystal Hartwell on January 27, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments

Body Shop Safe Practices Quick Guide

There are a variety of best practices that will keep your employees safe. Implement the following to protect your employees:

Dry Clean-Up

Dry clean-up methods, such as High Intensity Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) filtered vacuum systems, remove particulates and toxins from the air and from breathing space. Use a wet mop following a dry clean-up system to avoid sending remaining particulates into the air.

Materials Inventory

Only keep the necessary…

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Added by Rebecca Ward on January 27, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

TrueCar filed the lawsuit: Sonic Automotive, the nation's third-largest dealership group, is ending its relationship with TrueCar

Sonic Automotive Inc., the nation's third-largest dealership group, is ending its relationship with TrueCar at the end of this month, after the car shopping service sued Sonic in federal court for trademark infringement.

TrueCar filed the …

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Added by MANNY LUNA on January 26, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Motivational: Failure Is Not An Option "I believe in you"

Added by MANNY LUNA on January 26, 2014 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Dealerships Adopting Radical New Approach to Chat Report Dramatic Rise in Website Chats Turning into Leads - and Leads Turning into Showroom Visits and Sales

 Case studies show visitor to lead conversions triple for one dealership using Gubagoo and jumping over 1500% for another -- and all at a cost per lead/sale at a fraction of traditional media

 

New Orleans, LA – January 26, 2014 – Dealerships using Gubagoo’s revolutionary behavioral engagement and scoring technologies for automotive websites are experiencing dramatic increases in visitor to lead…

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Added by Crystal Hartwell on January 26, 2014 at 10:15am — No Comments

New Research: “Deep Linking” Delivers Twice as Many Real Shoppers – and Twice the Shopping Engagement of Traditional SEM Campaigns

Data indicates dealerships need to re-think their paid traffic spend.

 

 

New Orleans, LA, January 25, 2014 – LotLinx, developers of the auto industry’s first deep- linking inventory serving platform, today released key findings at the 2014 National Automobile Dealers Association Conference from a national Dealer Tracking Study comparing Google AdWords’ campaigns against a new search strategy: Deep…

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Added by Crystal Hartwell on January 25, 2014 at 11:04am — No Comments

Gubagoo Launches Gubatel: Adds Advanced Telephony Component to Its Analytics-Driven Dealer Website Chat and Communications Platform

 With Gubatel, Gubagoo becomes first intelligent chat-OR-call ‘Total Communications’ platform for dealership websites

 

Provides call agents with transparent window into which vehicles and/or services the caller is interested in; agents can discuss, display and email offers specific to their needs in real-time

 

New Orleans, LA – January 25, 2014 – At the National…

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Added by Crystal Hartwell on January 25, 2014 at 10:44am — No Comments

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