Strategic Service Delivers Ultra-Targeted Ads to Accelerate “Likes” and Drive Leads
Picture this—an ad for your dealership on the world’s leading social networking site with over 150 million users in the United States. Now envision a truly relevant, interactive ad that is precisely targeted and customized to reach the Facebook pages of the exact demographics groups you select—created and combined with monthly performance monitoring, analysis, and strategy management so you can continually fine-tune your approach to achieve your evolving marketing goals. The result: super-targeted ads that generate more “Likes” and traffic, and ultimately, more revenue opportunities for your dealership.
Introducing The “Like” Accelerator Service
With the “Like” Accelerator Service, your ads are created, targeted, monitored, managed, and adjusted, as needed, to maximize effectiveness on the ever-expanding universe of Facebook. In seconds, you can exclusively pinpoint which customers or potential customers you want to reach—all by specific groupings, such as:
- Location radius
- What they like—and what they’re talking about on Facebook
- Your dealership’s current fans or customers
- Or individuals who are not yet fans or customers
Your dealership’s color logo, active “Like” button, and promotional messages stand out in the right column on the Facebook pages of your targeted users. When a user clicks the “Like” button in your ad, they automatically begin receiving daily News Feeds from your dealership on their profile page—which provides yet another vital touch point to share your unique deals, discounts, rebates, and specials with users.
The “Like” Accelerator Service gives your dealership the power to:
- Leverage the unparalleled distribution potential of your dealership’s ad on Facebook
- Handpick the targeted audience members who can see and respond to your dealership’s ad
- Accelerate “Likes” and interaction from those who view your ad
- Deliver customized, call-to-action messages to the right individuals at the right time—who can share word-of-mouth details about your dealership with their friends, family, and coworkers
- Identify promotional opportunities through ongoing ad consultation to further target specific groups to optimize impact and response
- Deepen your dealership’s Facebook presence through highly-focused, strategic marketing
- Generate engagement online that translates offline into increased leads and revenue opportunities for your dealership
The “Like” Accelerator Service is available to you as a cost-effective standalone service, or as an add-on option for any of our existing R1, R2, R3, and R4 Digital Marketing and Social Media Packages. The Service is standard as part of our R5 and R6 Full-Service Packages.
To learn more about leveraging the “Like” Accelerator Service for your dealership, please call Dealer Impact Systems today at 877-334-9638, or send email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auto dealers leverage dynamic digital media to maximize online presence and profits
Posted by Brian Cox on December 13, 2011
Gone are the days when the big three of traditional media marketing—newspaper, radio, and television—had exclusive dibs on every last penny of a dealership’s marketing budget. True, those old-school mediums still hold a place in a dealership’s overall marketing spend. But, make no mistake—they’re fast being reduced to a lesser role as the majority of marketing dollars are being earmarked for digital and social media initiatives at dealerships of all sizes across the country.
The seismic shift from traditional marketing to digital marketing is being driven by progressive, forward-thinking dealerships, who are tipping the scales in favor of stores that take calculated and strategic steps to capitalize on digital marketing’s vast reach, immediacy, and cost-effective benefits.
“Digital marketing is eclipsing traditional media,” said John Roth, internet director at Roseville Toyota-Scion in Sacramento, CA—northern California’s largest Toyota-certified pre-owned store. “It completed the waxing stage—and traditional media is waning.” Roth notes that over the last five years, the dealership has shifted from a mix of 20 percent electronic and 80 percent traditional media marketing to approximately 60 percent digital marketing and about 40 percent traditional. ”Up to 70 percent of our dealership’s sales can be attributed to web-based media, digital and social media, Facebook, and Twitter. Five to 10 years ago, it was the other way around—30 percent from digital and 70 percent from newspaper, radio, and TV advertising,” said Roth.
Why make the shift from traditional media to a digital media marketing focus? “It’s the same reason why we did away with the horse and buggy and got into transportation in automobiles,” said Roth. “The writing is on the wall. It’s the 21st century, and this is the way we’re doing business.”
Whatever the size, inventory, or location of your dealership—whether it’s a family-run Mom-and-Pop operation or a sprawling franchise mega store—incorporating digital and social media ventures into your overall marketing mix is flat-out crucial to a dealership’s ability to compete and survive in today’s environment.
Digital marketing boasts a host of attributes. It’s affordable. It’s immediate. And it’s more targeted, more trackable, and can deliver more substantial value to your dealership by facilitating true interactive engagement and building long-term relationships with your customers. Online marketing offers countless, ongoing opportunities for personalized, one-to-one communication and genuine give-and-take interaction with your customers—while at the same time spreading the word, far and wide, about your dealership through strategic content syndication in the digital realm.
“We started the transition from traditional to digital marketing in 2009—because that’s the future,” said Mark Cowart, general manager of Car City West in Des Moines, IA, a dealership with a five-star rating on Google Places. “There’s no benefit to newspaper anymore. I’m not doing any print. I’m getting rid of radio. We’ll have 10 percent TV ads and 90 percent digital marketing. We drive 70 percent of my customers through digital,” he said. “The number of people who shop online before they buy a car has grown considerably—and soon roughly 90 to 95 percent of people who own a computer will be shopping the Internet before they walk into a store to buy a car,” he added. When it comes to adopting digital marketing, Cowart said, “I have no fear factor to it. I want to be the creator, the innovator—I don’t want to be the follower. If you’re not in the digital marketing and social media game, you’re hurting your profits.”
Your customers and potential customers are in the digital space daily—and that’s where your dealership has to be.
Behold. The next frontier is here. And it is digital.
Brian Cox is president and CEO at Dealer Impact Systems and can be reached at email@example.com or at (877) 334-9638.
Create Online Connections that Count with Your On-The-Move Customers
There are more than 80 million smartphone owners in the United States—and that number is expanding by the second. Mobile is becoming the preferred channel of engagement for consumers. Having a mobile-friendly website is an absolute must to make your dealership instantly accessible to your customers via any mobile phone or device.
Just because a dealership’s main website can load on a mobile phone doesn’t mean that it’s mobile-friendly. However, with certain conversion technologies, your existing main website can be optimized for use on any new or older mobile phone that offers Internet access. When your dealership’s web address is entered into a mobile browser, the technology automatically recognizes the phone and converts the site to a phone-friendly interface, allowing visitors to quickly navigate your site and find information in seconds.
If you opt to have a website developer help your dealership go mobile, you’ll want to make sure that your mobile site is specifically tailored to the needs of your customers and the capabilities and format of their devices.
Keep the following in mind when planning and building your mobile website.
Write for the small screen.
With the pint-size phone screen in mind, choose fonts that are easy to read in this smaller format. Create readable content that fits the phone screen, and contrast the text against the background to help it stand out for your customers. Boil your content down to easy-to-scan bullet points.
Be nimble and quick.
Your customers expect your mobile site to load within a few seconds—so keep images small so they load faster. Keep your custom inventory videos short and to the point to engage your customers, and keep their attention.
Make navigation easy.
Keep the number of vertical links on each page to less than 10. Help customers move throughout your mobile site with easily identified buttons. Use large buttons to help your customers precisely make their selections—without making any unintended clicks.
Show and tell.
Use your mobile site to showcase your auto inventory, specifications, photos, videos, and specials to make it easy for your customers to learn about your dealership’s latest offerings—and then act on their impulse to contact you and come by for an in-person look.
Make it easy for your customers to find your dealership and the vehicles they’re interested in. Have your address on the landing page of your mobile site. Include driving directions for your customers with a detailed map that pinpoints your location.
Make contact simple.
Build in fields for your customer to enter his/her contact information and submit requests to your dealership. Utilize one-click dialing functionality so your customers can instantly call your dealership—and also save your number in their contact list for future reference.
Learn and evolve.
Understand how your customers are using your mobile site by evaluating its analytics—and use this insight to continually improve your site and your customers’ mobile search experiences.
A well-designed mobile website will put your dealership in the palm of your customers’ hands—wherever they are.
For more information on creating or enhancing your dealership’s mobile website, please call Dealer Impact Systems at (877) 334-9638.
Twin milestones were celebrated recently at Bob Brown Chevrolet, a premier auto dealership in Des Moines, Iowa. The dealership hosted an open house on November 3rd to commemorate two extraordinary achievements—the 100-year anniversary of Chevrolet, the world’s fourth-largest automotive brand—and the 50-year anniversary of the Bob Brown Chevrolet dealership. The long-standing business has been putting generations of drivers behind the wheels of Chevys for half a century. Dealer Impact Systems serves the dealership as a client and is proud to be its long-time partner. We congratulate the team at Bob Brown Chevrolet for its remarkable achievement and salute them for their steadfast commitment to community, service, and customer satisfaction—the foundation for the dealership’s enduring legacy.
In life we connect with all kinds of people, places and things. There’s friends and family, of course, but there’s also the sports teams we root for, the coffee shops we’re loyal to, and the TV shows we can’t stop watching (to name a few).
So far Google+ has focused on connecting people with other people. But we want to make sure you can build relationships with all the things you care about—from local businesses to global brands—so today we’re rolling out Google+ Pages worldwide.
More Details Here.
Win Your Customers by Wooing Them through Social Media
Winning the hearts, trust, and life-long loyalty of your dealership’s customers begins by following a few simple rules of engagement on the social media sites of your choice—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, or Google+, just to name a few. By keeping the following fundamentals in mind when managing the content on your social media venues, you’ll keep in touch and in tune with your customers. And in turn, this will help you stay on target with your dealership’s sales goals. Think in terms of your customers’ lifetime value. Put a greater emphasis on investing the relatively small amount of time and energy regularly to cultivate high-quality relationships that offer long-term satisfaction and returns for both you and your customers.
Be informative. As often as you can, post on your dealership business pages on your favorite social media sites. Your customers are anxious to hear from you. They want to know about your dealership’s latest discounts, rebates, incentives, giveaways, and upcoming events. They want to know about manufacturer and industry news that may impact them. They want facts that will help them make the most informed decision when buying a vehicle. They want service specials, links to other helpful automotive resources, along with maintenance and safe-driving tips. And don’t forget to share videos and photos as well to engage them. If you can save your customers time, money, and headaches, they’ll remember you, thank you, and stick with you.
Be ready. Be on your toes and ready to share news and announcements at a moment’s notice. Your next prepared post can be online in seconds, and that immediacy works to the advantage of you and your customers.
Be concise. Your customers will appreciate short bursts of information on your social media sites that they can scan, absorb, and act on at will when it’s convenient for them. Being brief also cuts the prep time for you in drafting and finalizing the details to be posted.
Be inquisitive. Strike up a healthy conversation with your customers. Pose some thought-provoking questions online. Ask for comments, opinions, and reviews. They’ll appreciate the chance to speak their minds. And when they do, you’ll receive valuable feedback that will help you continue to support and satisfy your customers—now, and down the road.
Be yourself. Being honest and genuine is the key to having sincere, open, and ongoing interactions with your customers online—just as it is in person.
Be committed. You believe in your business, the vehicles that you sell, and the service that your dealership delivers. Make sure your customers know this. Show them every day in the way you talk about your dealership, its inventory, and its services. Use your web presence to most effectively present the distinct elements of your dealership’s brand personality and to reinforce them.
Be there. When something goes wrong for your customers, be there for them. Be responsive. Acknowledge what happened in general online—and in particular offline, directly with your customer. Offer your dealership’s apologies. Research the problem. Then make it right, and learn from it. Very often, what began as a strained customer relationship can be transformed into an even stronger bond when a dealership responds sincerely and promptly with a satisfactory resolution to a customer’s complaint.
Be generous. You and your dealership are a living, breathing, vital part of your neighborhood. Be sure to let you customers know about the variety of community and charitable events and causes that you and your dealership put your time, money, and muscle behind. It’s feel-good news that everyone loves to hear, and it’s news that you should be very proud to share.
Be grateful. Every business is in business because of its customers. Thank your customers as often as you can—for their patronage, their patience, and for the trust they’ve placed in you, your dealership, and in the vehicles that you deliver.
Be good. Keep up the good work that you do at your dealership every day, and be sure to share it with your old and new friends who interact with you on social media forums. This interaction is vital for developing enduring customer relationships. And it offers countless mutual benefits for you and your customers—right this second, and right on down the road.
For more information about engaging your customers through social media and expanding your digital reach and market presence, visit our Full-Service Page for details or contact Dealer Impact at (877) 334-9638, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some Dealers have mentioned that they are receiving a notice about their Google Places.
See below for details:
Google Places Team have recently been sending out letters about updating information on Google Maps and Places. This is causing a stir, so let me advise you to be calm.
The notices are part of a transition that Google has in mind that will eventually transform what we know as Google Places to something better. Google now has a documented escalation process and trouble ticket system that is fixing Google Places issues in a timely manner.
In fact, Google has been listening to dealers and in the coming months you will see that Google does want businesses to control and leverage their business pages. The visibility, traffic, and advertising opportunities with Google Places FAR outweighs some of the pain that dealers experience as Google Places is transformed.
Facebook has released some major changes to their Page Insights.
See the Infographic below for a great explanation.
via All Facebook
Automotive News TV Special Report gets up close and personal with auto dealer Carl Moyer, as he shares insights and best practices that helped him build a rock-solid Chevy empire at Karl Chevrolet in suburban Des Moines, Iowa. Dealer Impact Systems is proud to be a long-time partner with Karl Chevrolet, serving the dealership as a client since 2003. We salute Mr. Moyer as an industry innovator, and congratulate him and his entire team on making Karl Chevrolet one of the nation’s most progressive and successful dealerships.
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