Timmy D. James's Blog (108)

Flick Fusion Adds 18 New VARs and 1,000+ Dealership Customers During COVID-19

Auto dealers turn to video to stay in touch with customers & stay competitive in downturn

 

Urbandale, IA—May 27, 2020— When social distancing guidelines went into effect, demand for video marketing and video communications solutions skyrocketed. In the two and a half months since businesses across the country were shuttered due to COVID-19, Flick Fusion has added 18 new customers to their network of value-added…

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Added by Timmy D. James on May 27, 2020 at 10:32am — No Comments

Why Face-to-Face Conversations are More Important than Ever

By nature, humans are social creatures. Need more proof? One of the worst punishments our legal system has come up with is solitary confinement. Not only is this dreaded by inmates, but it can also affect their mental health. Whether an introvert or an extrovert, we all crave personal interaction.

 

Like many of you, I am currently working from…

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Added by Timmy D. James on April 23, 2020 at 11:29am — No Comments

Flick Fusion Offers Auto Dealers Free 60-Day Trial of StreaMe Live-Streaming Video Application

Technology creates virtual connection between dealership staff and car shoppers

 

Urbandale, IA—April 20, 2020—For a limited time, Flick Fusion is offering auto dealerships a free, no obligation 60-day trial of StreaMe, its live-streaming video communications application. At a time when car shoppers aren’t visiting dealership showrooms,…

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Added by Timmy D. James on April 20, 2020 at 5:00am — No Comments

Flick Fusion and VinSolutions Partner to Deliver Video Communications via VinSolutions Connect CRM

Video solution helps dealers stay connected at a social distance  

 

URBANDALE, IOWA and MISSION, KANSAS, April 8, 2020 — To help dealers win the battle with social distancing, VinSolutions has selected Flick Fusion’s Smart Flicks platform to deliver integrated video communications to auto dealership customers via VinSolutions Connect CRM and the Connect CRM mobile app. The collaboration makes it easier for dealership staff…

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Added by Timmy D. James on April 8, 2020 at 11:37am — No Comments

What Do You Do When Car Buyers Aren’t Coming into Your Showroom?

With all the worry and concern out there regarding the Coronavirus and the impact it will have on public health and business, this is a great time to talk about video communication. It has always been the perfect tool for connecting with consumers without having to be fact-to-face.  

 

To be really effective your video communication platform…

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Added by Timmy D. James on March 18, 2020 at 10:08am — No Comments

3 Video Marketing Applications for a More Profitable New Year

Video has historically played a major role in car dealerships; from training with VHS tapes, to video messaging, text and Live Video Calling. As 2019 draws to a close and we approach 2020, it is clear that when it comes to consumer…

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Added by Timmy D. James on February 27, 2020 at 10:19am — 1 Comment

Flick Fusion Introduces AutoSpin 360 Artificial Intelligence for Auto Dealers

Groundbreaking technology transforms the online vehicle shopping experience

Urbandale, IA—February 11, 2020—Flick Fusion has launched AutoSpin 360, a ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence and Image Recognition technology designed to transform consumers’ online vehicle shopping experience. AutoSpin 360 makes it easy for dealerships to create 360° Exterior & Interior interactive…

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Added by Timmy D. James on February 11, 2020 at 10:50am — No Comments

Flick Fusion Introduces Dynamic Marketing Videos (DMVs) for Auto Dealers

New platform offers cost-effective, fast solution for creating videos that promote auto manufacturers’ incentives

Urbandale, IA—December 2, 2019—Flick Fusion introduces Dynamic Marketing Videos (DMVs) for auto dealerships, greatly reducing the time and expense associated with creating marketing videos that promote manufacturers’ incentives. The DMV platform allows…

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Added by Timmy D. James on December 2, 2019 at 11:49am — No Comments

How to Take Advantage of the Rising Popularity of Video Marketing, Right NOW

You don’t have to look very far to see that Video Marketing is the future of digital marketing. Not only is it cost effective, easy to create and use video online, but consumers favor video on almost every…

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Added by Timmy D. James on November 22, 2019 at 8:27am — No Comments

How to Make the Most of Your Marketing in a Down Market

Consumers have grown tired of the countless vanilla marketing messages many companies keep sending (and yes, that includes OEMs and dealers.) However, the marketing tactic that is enjoying success is relevant marketing directly aimed at a specific individual. Relevance is the key to winning today’s consumers. But, it’s not only about relevance, it also…

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Added by Timmy D. James on October 25, 2019 at 10:18am — No Comments

Video is Everywhere!

There are a huge number of travelers on domestic flights each year. Southwest Airlines, not unlike others, offers these passengers paid wi-fi, but, more importantly, in-flight entertainment. The standard of that entertainment has changed immensely over the years. In the not too distant past, flight attendants collected discarded newspapers and magazines and…

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Added by Timmy D. James on September 5, 2019 at 10:08am — No Comments

Don’t be Generic in Your Video Marketing

Today's consumers want marketing that is personalized to them. In the past, marketing has always been about broadcasting the same message to everyone. Attempting to catch as many "fish" as possible. That strategy no longer works in today’s modern world of consumer shopping behavior.

 

To truly capture a customer’s attention and win their…

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Added by Timmy D. James on July 26, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Why Video Titles are so Important

Videos are essential for effective marketing and will continue to rise in importance in the future. They are engaging, and consumers would rather watch a video than click through a bunch of photos. I've talked plenty of times about the different types of videos. But for this blog, let’s get off VDPs for the moment. Some of the video content I recommend for…

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Added by Timmy D. James on June 18, 2019 at 9:59am — No Comments

Flick Fusion Reveals Full Motion Walkaround Videos are Fastest Growing Video Products

Urbandale, IA—June 4, 2019—Flick Fusion Video Marketing's internal data reveals that full-motion walkaround videos are the fastest growing video products among auto dealerships in 2019. As a percentage of total video views that consumers have watched on dealership websites, social media platforms and third-party auto shopping sites, full-motion walkaround video views have risen 20% in Q1 2019 compared to Q1…

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Added by Timmy D. James on June 4, 2019 at 9:20am — No Comments

Do Stitched Photo Videos Provide Value, or are they Outdated Technology?

Stitched photo videos have been around awhile. I’ve had many people ask me lately if they are still relevant, do consumers really watch them, and why dealers should have them when they already have a large number of photos and vehicle description on the VDP. My response is to remove personal opinions out of the equation and let the “data” do the…

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Added by Timmy D. James on May 22, 2019 at 10:17am — No Comments

A Mobile First Strategy is the Future of Marketing

Consumers increasingly use mobile devices to view content online. Study after study cites the fact that mobile devices are on a continued rise as the preferred medium for content. They surpassed desktops not too long ago and will undoubtedly continue to rise in dominance.

 

Mobile devices are always at hand, can be used almost anywhere, and are…

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Added by Timmy D. James on April 25, 2019 at 10:13am — No Comments

To Script or Not to Script? That Is the Question

When making videos for your dealership, it can be easy to get so caught up in the “What should I say?” that the video never gets made.

 

Some video marketing experts advise that scripts are the way to go as the person on camera then knows what to say. But that may not be best for everyone.

 

The person that is making the video,…

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Added by Timmy D. James on April 17, 2019 at 10:18am — No Comments

The Bird Is the Word

One of the reasons video captures your customers’ attention and engages them so effectively is that, when done properly, it tells a story. I came across a great article on AdWeek.com, which shares how the scooter company…

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Added by Timmy D. James on March 29, 2019 at 10:08am — No Comments

Will Video Bring You New Customers?

While many dealerships agree that video is important and worthwhile, at the same time some think it’s time-consuming and lack the resources to put a video marketing strategy in place.

 

What if I told you that acquiring and scaling a well-planned video marketing strategy which leverages video content for shoppers throughout the entire buying…

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Added by Timmy D. James on December 27, 2018 at 10:04am — No Comments

Five Videos Every Service Department Needs

As more dealers turn to fixed ops to grow profits, it's important not to overlook the power of video. Video is a great tool for building customer trust because it allows you to address the perception that dealerships charge too much or try to sell customers unnecessary repairs.

 

An effective video marketing strategy for your service department…

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Added by Timmy D. James on December 5, 2018 at 10:16am — No Comments

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