December 2010 Blog Posts (87)

Automotive Marketing Boot Camp to Precede 10th Digital Dealer Conference

The 2011 Automotive Marketing Boot Camp (#AMBC), organized by PCG Digital Marketing, is scheduled from April 16th – 18th in Orlando Florida.  

The Boot Camp will feature two full days of classes on Sunday and Monday to provide the strongest educational experience for all that attend.  This is the second year that the Automotive Marketing Boot Camp will be…


Added by Brian Pasch on December 31, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Lucky and Enlightened!


At my first dealership, in the mid 70's, we used cards and a file for everything. From the system for ordering parts to reconditioning costs on used cars.  And here I am, dawn of 2011, blogging my aspirations for the future. A digital web, open to the world, will hold my words long after I am gone.  But for now this blog is another tool used towards achieving my goals for the coming year.

Why lucky?  Timing I suppose.  Moving from hand written inventory controls to…


Added by Craig Darling on December 31, 2010 at 11:46am — No Comments

Let's Swap Dollars


A few years back as I was getting ready for work, I reached into the left pocket of my suit pants and found two five dollar bills.  Hmmm, I thought, anything in the right pocket.  Eureka, a ten dollar bill.  Life is good, twenty bucks found. …


Added by Douglas R Manley on December 31, 2010 at 8:21am — No Comments

Analyzing Your Website Traffic

In pulling up stats on random websites, I have seen a very definite trend in the past 30 days of visitors. Traffic is highest the first part of the week – Monday through Wednesday – then seems to taper off into the weekend. This surprised me, as I always thought people would spend time on the weekend shopping online. What this tells us is that you should focus your…


Added by Joseph Little on December 30, 2010 at 12:25pm — 1 Comment




In November, 1976 the citizenry of the United States of America elected a Georgia Peanut Farmer as President of the United States along with a Democrat Congress.…


Added by Douglas R Manley on December 30, 2010 at 8:58am — No Comments

7 Lessons From 7 Great Minds

Have you ever wished you could go back in time and have a conversation with one of the greatest minds in history? Well, you can’t sorry, they’re dead. Unless of course you’re clairaudient, be my guest. But for the rest of us, we can still refer to the words they left… Continue

Added by MANNY LUNA on December 29, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

My Video Blog Proposal to BMW for the Mini E Experiment

If you want more information about viral videos and commercials for your dealership, visit… Continue

Added by Snehal Patel on December 29, 2010 at 8:43pm — No Comments

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Added by Kelsey Jones on December 29, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Flashback 1974


In 1974 when I first ventured into Dealerland:


The population of the United States was 213,854,000.…


Added by Douglas R Manley on December 29, 2010 at 4:09am — No Comments

Track Your Auto Dealership's Facebook Following

Ever wonder how many people really see what you post on your car dealership's Facebook page? Facebook recently added features to its Insights for business pages, offering new opportunities to see how people are connecting with pages.

Now, you can see how many people saw a post or interacted with it by…


Added by Paul Potratz on December 28, 2010 at 4:46pm — No Comments


From an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel: …


Added by Douglas R Manley on December 28, 2010 at 6:16am — No Comments

The 5 Cornerstones Of Building An Influential Personal Brand

Continuing on the path I started when I wrote "Building Your Personal Brand by Harnessing The Power of Social Media" I wanted to write a second post that digs a little deeper into a few aspects of that…


Added by David Johnson on December 27, 2010 at 5:27pm — 2 Comments

A Car Dealers New Year’s Resolution

Did you know that 45% of American adult make one or more resolutions each year. Among the top New Year’s resolutions include resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stop smoking.  Now I am sure all of you have made a New Year’s resolution at least once in your life and if you have ever kept yours, you’re one of the few.  A simple Google…


Added by Terry Holbrook on December 27, 2010 at 10:51am — No Comments

Dealer ELITE Members Invited Into Automotive SEM Study

I am pleased to invite members of Dealer ELITE to participate in the Automotive SEM Study which starts on February 15, 2011. The study will take 100 dealers through using pay-per-click advertising strategies to increases sales. There is…


Added by Brian Pasch on December 27, 2010 at 10:17am — 1 Comment

Be A Self Developing Leader In 2011

In 2011 there won’t be a lot of time to stand around because everything is faster.

If you are waiting around waiting for someone to tell you “Hey…you…yes you…get some new skills!” then you are about to get run over like an empty paper cup on a New York city street there pal.

This is part 5 in a series on Leadership for 2011.

2011 will be exciting and challenging, no doubt about it.

Car sales are up, RV sales are up…and people are starting to recover… Continue

Added by Leonard Buchholz on December 27, 2010 at 9:45am — No Comments

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Dealership Which Will Create a Revolution in 2011!

Historically, during the week between Christmas and New Years, we all breathe a huge sigh of relief that the Christmas rush is over, and we then reflect over the success or failure of our business over the past year.  A meeting with Comptroller/CPA Firm usually takes place, where the true profits are discovered after taxes, bonuses, LIFO…


Added by NANCY SIMMONS on December 25, 2010 at 7:30am — 13 Comments

Building Your Personal Brand by Harnessing The Power Of Social Media

Are You Exceptional?

Well, are you? It's a question you should ask yourself sooner rather than later, before you do though you should check your ego at the door and be honest with yourself. I ask because it's the difference between what's expected and the service given that will decide whether…


Added by David Johnson on December 24, 2010 at 3:47pm — 4 Comments

The Candy Cane



The candy cane was created by candy maker from Indiana who wanted to tell the story of

the greatest gift ever given., the savior of the world Jesus the Christ.

The candy must be hard to show the solid rock…


Added by MANNY LUNA on December 24, 2010 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment

Dispelling Some Hoaxes Including: Cow Tipping

Cow Tipping and Other Hoaxes

     It is time to dispel more of those car business myths, rumors, hoaxes and fables that have been passed down through the annals of time.  Like the one about the pig farmer with…


Added by Brad Alexander on December 24, 2010 at 11:32am — No Comments

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