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Why Having an Automotive Blog is So Important

Has your blog reached its greatest potential? 

Your blog can boost traffic to your website, create demand for your products and services, and position your business as a credible resource for information. If you’re not utilizing your blog properly, you’re missing out on awesome opportunities!

Watch this week’s Hard Facts to learn about some things you should know before hitting the publish button on your blog that will drastically effect its reach and performance.

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How to Generate New Marketing Ideas

Good ideas always start with a bad one. Come to a meeting with an overflow of ideas and you're bound to find a good one out of the batch!

Watch this week's #ThinkTankTuesday to learn how you can improve your brainstorming meetings, marketing strategy ideas, and teamwork. Plus, Dan brought his dog.

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We talk a lot about how you can merchandise or present your product to get your customers to purchase. But what we really need to focus on is making sure that our digital customers receive a traditional experience.

What do we mean? Watch this week’s Hard Facts as Samantha explains why the digital buying experience needs to be so much more than what it currently is.

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Tailor-made...just for you.

In your marketing strategies, you should be working hard to tailor your message to specific audiences. Luckily, Google has a tool that can be used to help you. It allows us to show a certain piece of content to an audience if it meets a certain criteria. Learn more by watching this week's Hard Facts with Samantha!

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Business owners and marketers alike have long been set in the idea that in order to make money you must spend money. While this is inherently true, the amount spent and on what mediums, can drastically vary. Since 2009, before the height of social media and paid digital advertising, I have been focused on finding alternative strategies for my clients and my own companies, instead of opting for the expensive clutter-filled traditional mediums like print and radio.

 

While different products, target audiences, and messaging can all demand different strategy, it is difficult to eliminate the mindset that we must still advertise on the platforms we grew up consuming. We’ve trained ourselves to expect to spend thousands of advertising dollars to move our businesses forward but it is important to remember that marketing opportunities are constantly changing and evolving, and we’ve got to evolve our strategies with them.

 

To be clear, I am not saying traditional and digital mediums do not work. They do. However, when you start adding the need for digital advertising in the mix with traditional it becomes expensive. How is a business going to stand out with so much noise unless they maximize their strategy’s budgets? In my experience, not focusing on the conversion of campaigns until you really understand “engagement” is the best practice when it comes to determining strategy.

 

In a 3-part webinar course understand what it means to be a social guerilla marketer and unlock the strategies that will propel your business to the next level without adding to your advertising budget. In a live, interactive webinar, exchange questions and thoughts, while mastering marketing strategies that engage, instead of sell, your customers. If you are ready to stop spraying and praying then you will find this free 3 part mini-course very informative.

I look forward to sharing my strategies with you.

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Quick question -- do you think that advertising has changed in the last 5 years? 

On this week's Think Tank Tuesday, I talk about the path of a customer and how that can affect your marketing strategy. Watch it now and join the conversation.

Also, take a moment and register for Part 1 of our 3-part mini series by clicking here. You'll learn what needs to be changed in your marketing strategy to get more customers without increasing your budget.

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How Influencer Marketing Can Help Sell Cars

Influencer marketing. It’s an affordable way to get your brand name out there and increase your sales. But where do you start?

In order to add influencer marketing to your strategy or campaign, you have to iron out the details. In this week’s Hard Facts episode, Samantha reveals what you need to do before you take on key leaders that will promote your brand message.

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Are You Afraid of Change?

Change is something that is critical to your business. If you’re not adapting to the change around you, you’re bound to fall behind the ranks of your competitors!

Join Paul and Ashley on this week’s Think Tank Tuesday as they give you tips and tricks on how to conquer your fear of change in the workplace and in your personal life.

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Is Simplicity Better for Advertising?

This week on Think Tank Tuesday, Paul goes through some of the titles of sales events that we’ve all heard of…but may not really understand.

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The Million Dollar Marketing Strategy

Is there such a thing as a million dollar strategy or a one-size-fits-all strategy for your digital advertising?

On this episode of Think Tank Tuesday, Paul, Ashley, and Juliana discuss brands that have attempted to utilize a million dollar strategy and whether or not it could be repeated for your business. 

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Pinterest Works for Your Dealership

Great news! Pinterest is now testing search ads with keywords and shopping tools.

97% of Pinterest searches are not brand specific, so a lot of the keywords will have to be intuitive -- just like a Google search. This means that you can supply content to your customers based on their searches on Pinterest and not just Google.

On this week's Hard Facts, Samantha gives you creative pointers and other marketing tips to be aware of as this new technology rolls out to all businesses.

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The Future of Facebook Ads for Dealers

So, let's talk about the future of dynamic Facebook ads. Be prepared to reach more than just the people who have previously engaged with your content. 

With these changes, you'll be able to get the attention of customers that have looked at similar products, but not YOUR products.

On this episode of Hard Facts, Samantha will reveal when this feature is being rolled out and how it will benefit your business.

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3 Ways to Increase January's Sales

Don’t get caught up in the post-holiday blues! You’re definitely not alone.

 

We all know that January can be a slow sales month for just about any business. It can be easy to get discouraged and anxious when you're not pacing to meet your monthly sales goal.

 

There are so many ways you can boost your sales without increasing your ad budget, and I’ll start off by saying that social media is going to be your best friend! Social media is a great way to start advertising organically and through word-of-mouth marketing.

 

Start Using Facebook Live - It's a great way to get engagement from your customer base. You can utilize Facebook Live by letting them know what kind of promotions you have running. Create urgency by telling them it's for a limited time only! This will get clients in the store or on your site to purchase from you. Additionally, you can spotlight clients when they're in store or on social to be able to reinforce the marketing message you're promoting.

 

Hold a Contest - There are so many great opportunities that any business can use. Let your customers know that the first 100 people in the store on a certain day will be entered to win agiftcard for some coffee. Or how about holding a small event in store where you serve coffee and donuts from the bakery next door? Tease this with them on social and use both companies. It's the little stuff that can add up!

 

Improve Your Customer Service - Listening to the needs and wants of your customers will allow you to provide them with better customer service techniques. When your customer has a good experience with your business, whether it be from a return or a purchase, they're more likely to recommend you to their circle of friends. Then, take that next step and push a referral discount! 10% off if I refer someone to you? Sure! I can look at your inventory.

So, what are you going to do to drive traffic this month? Comment below!

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Lights, Camera, Action!

So many times we talk about using video to communicate your message to your customers. But what’s the right way to make a video? 

YouTube Director will walk you through exactly what you need to do to figure out what type of video will work for you.

This week on Hard Facts, Samantha will show you the steps you need to take after you’ve downloaded the app. Watch the video for more information.

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Tag...you're it!

Have you ever heard of Google Tag Manager? If you haven’t, you’re losing customers! There is 1 huge disadvantage of not using Tag Manager - slow websites. 

On this week’s Hard Facts, Samantha explains how you can condense all of your tracking codes in order to get even more accurate results.

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Did You Miss This?

In this episode of Hard Facts, Samantha was on Facebook Live from Google Headquarters in NYC. Were you able to catch it?

Aside from learning what it means to be a Google Partner, Samantha, Candace, and Philip will give you ideas and strategies for your marketing campaigns - straight from Google.

Watch this week’s episode for more information!

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And...we're live!

Are you creating advertising opportunities in your Facebook Live videos? Now, you can have the ability to broadcast commercials or other advertisements in your Facebook Live video. 

In this week's Hard Facts episode, Samantha reveals a way that you can increase the value of your live broadcast. Watch now!

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What does change mean to you?

I was live on Facebook...did you catch it? Learn why change is such a necessary evil by clicking the video below.

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How to Increase YouTube Video Views

Have you ever wanted to increase the number of views on your YouTube videos? Of course you have! Who wouldn’t? But when there are over 100 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, it can be hard to get yours at the top of the list.

There are a ton of factors that increase the number of views on your YouTube video rank. On this week’s Hard Facts, Samantha gives you 11 things you should adjust in order to optimize your SEO.

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Looking to Buy or Sell a Business?

If you’re looking to buy or sell a business, this episode is for you! Whether you’re selling a product or a service, your website is one of the most critical things that affects the success of your company. 

On this week’s Think Tank Tuesday, Paul gives you very important facts that you should take into consideration when buying or selling a business. Your website is only one of them! Watch this episode for more information.

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