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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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Make Money Mondays with Sean V. Bradley - Special Edition - You Are Your Brand

In this week's Episode of Make Money Mondays Special Edition, Chris Herman, President at Herman Advertising explains the importance of building your own brand. How do you establish and straighten your brand? You must have a great personality and dress for success. Remember that your brand means being yourself.

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Dealer Synergy Presents Lee Lee Williams, Internet Director of Grindstaff Automotive Group, giving advice on branding and networking on a personal level. You need to go out into your community and interact and network with the people of your community. You need to create a personal website branded for you even if you are part of a bigger automotive group.

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1 in 3 adults in the U.S. watches auto content on YouTube once per month! 

Consumer behavior is changing—and video is leading the drive 

In years' past, a consumer might have read reviews in magazines, asked friends and relatives for advice, and visited any number of dealerships before settling on a vehicle. That practice has gone the way of the in-dash tape deck.

Leveraging YouTube and Search, consumers are positively bingeing on digital content before making their purchases—and multiplying opportunities for marketers to be there in shoppers' which-car-is-best moments. Last year, consumers spent on average three hours more time researching than they did in 2013.8 They also performed 75% of that research on digital.9

All that research has huge ramifications for the brick-and-mortar showroom. With shoppers armed with so much information, dealerships have moved from being places to shop and explore—as they were in the days of in-dash tape decks—to mere points of sale. The average in-market shopper makes just two visits to a dealer before making a purchase.10

There's no substitute for sliding into the driver's seat, but consumers increasingly turn to YouTube before a test drive. In fact, one in three adults in the U.S. watches auto content on YouTube once per month.11 Research shows that consumers are gravitating particularly toward five video styles: test drives, walk-around, feature highlights, reviews, and safety tests.12 Mobile video particularly drives in-market consumers to take action; after watching content about cars, trucks, or racing on a smartphone, one in four will visit a dealer.13

Last year, consumers spent on average three hours more time researching than they did in 2013, and performed 75% of that research on digital.

These tendencies highlight an opportunity to attract viewers to brands' official channels. Mercedes-Benz recently responded to audiences' research behavior with a suite of videos that scratched viewers' walk-around itch, as well as offering feature demos of its redesigned E-Class sedan.

Takeaway: As a resource to whittle down a car shopper's consideration set, video is invaluable. Consider creating content around the five popular video styles (test drives, walk-around, feature highlights, reviews, safety tests), which allows shoppers to research by simply hitting play, and make sure it's optimized for mobile. Mercedes-Benz's example illustrates how marketers can be there in shoppers' which-car-is-best moments in creative, digital-first ways.

Source: (Repost from "Think With Google") 

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The 2017 Honda CR-V has a new modular chassis, with more cargo room and rear legroom.

In the age of relentless spy shots, leaked patent filings and drawn-out teaser campaigns, automakers are generally terrible at keeping an upcoming debut to themselves.

So why was Honda so quiet ahead of last week's debut of the fifth-generation CR-V crossover?

It certainly had plenty to crow about with the redesigned model: the addition of a turbocharged engine, a new chassis, advanced safety features and a crisp new design.

But Honda didn't want to miss a beat. Given the popularity of the outgoing model, the outsize importance of the CR-V's segment, and a brisk schedule of debuts over the next several months, Honda had little patience for a long wind-up before the 2017 model begins arriving in dealerships a few weeks from now.

"This is how Honda likes to make debuts," Dave Sullivan, AutoPacific analyst, told Automotive News. "It's without much fanfare. No extravagant displays or pyrotechnics. Honda is letting the product do the talking. It's not the most exciting product, but CR-V is outselling the Accord, and that goes to show just how important of a vehicle this is for Honda."

That importance is only growing, as consumers increasingly give up on sedans in favor of crossovers, a trend that's expected to continue even if gasoline prices begin to rise again.

The trend has been especially good for the CR-V, which has racked up close to 4 million sales since its introduction in 1997 and leads the crowded compact-crossover segment amid stiff competition from Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Chevrolet and Subaru.

Knobs return for radio volume, as well as buttons for fan speed.

Although it was last redesigned for the 2012 model year and refreshed in 2014, the outgoing CR-V is still going strong, ranking as Honda's No. 2 seller through September, with 263,943 sales, up 1.5 percent from a year earlier.

With little appetite for incentive spending or fleet sales, Honda didn't want to put that volume at risk by telegraphing the redesigned model months ahead of time. The compressed timeline of the 2017 CR-V launch gave Honda and its dealers ample time to keep selling the older CR-V without throwing cash on the hood. September sales were up 6.5 percent, following a 5 percent rise in August.

Dealers will be able to switch over to the 2017 model quickly, without any downtime between the two iterations. To keep supplies steady, Honda will start building CR-Vs at the Greensburg, Ind., plant where it builds Civics, in addition to its factories in East Liberty, Ohio, and Alliston, Ontario.

"I think it's a very deliberate move -- and probably a very smart move -- on the part of Honda to maybe reduce pressure on incentive support," Bob Navarre, former chairman of Honda's dealer advisory board and owner of Valley Honda in suburban Chicago, told Automotive News. "It's such a high-volume vehicle now that I think if you took some percentage of market and put it on hold earlier than you need to, it might have been a more costly transition."

Honda has long held a tighter rein on fleet sales and incentive spending than other automakers. "Keeping incentives low in a record market means you're keeping more money to the bottom line but also you're not distressing the vehicles," John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda, told Automotive News, commending General Motors for adopting a similar approach. "I think it's a good indication also that customers are buying the product for what it is."

Honda's hurry-up offense continues. The Paris auto show marked the debut of the Civic Type R Concept, which will be followed by the Civic Si debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, the next-generation Odyssey minivan debut early next year and a redesigned Accord later in the year.

Honda has gotten out of the oddball business such as the Element, Crosstour, and ZDX to focus on their core model lineup, and it is paying off handsomely," Sullivan said. "I don't think any other manufacturer out there is looking at Honda right now and not feeling a bit of envy."

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7 Ways to Mix Up Your Auto Dealership Marketing

Give your auto dealership marketing a new look: here are seven ways to shake up your marketing and start attracting more customers 

If there is one thing you can count on for marketing, it’s this: there is no one way to do it. It’s always changing. What worked yesterday may not work in a year from now.

Digital technology has sped up the process. Now dealerships have more possibilities to connect with customers.

If you feel as though your auto dealership marketing is beginning to flat line, it may be time to mix it up and try something new.

Shaken not stirred: 7 ways to mix up your auto dealership marketing 

  1. Make your brand more exciting 

Branding is the starting point for all your marketing efforts. Without a strong brand name, logo, and message, it’s difficult to catch the eyes and ears of customers. Even an excellent marketing campaign suffers if the brand doesn’t have that extra “oomph!”.

If you’ve had your dealership name for some time, it’s okay to keep it (in fact, that may be a better idea). You canmake your brand more engaging and interesting without a complete overhaul.

  • Create a byline for your brand. A short message that communicates your “promise” to customers. That message creates a common theme for the rest of your marketing efforts.
  • Hire a professional designer to create a new logo.
  1. Optimize your blog content 

Search engine optimization (SEO) is not a new trend. Most dealership GM’s and managers are familiar with PPC advertising, targeting keywords, and the goal of ranking higher in Google. But, there is another way to marketing your business using SEO techniques, and, believe it or not, it’s all about your blog.

You can target specific keywords within your blog content. Each piece of content you publish effectively turns into a landing page for your dealership, drawing more targeted traffic to your website.

  • Hire a professional content writer to write SEO’d content for your blog each week.
  • Make your blog content informative and helpful to your readers.
  • Keep each post short, visually appealing (use pictures), and easy to read.
  1. Switch to a CRM for car dealers 

If you are using a generic CRM tool, think about switching to one that offers features specifically tailored to dealerships. AutoRaptor is made by car sales professionals, for car sales professionals. Every feature is intuitively designed to help your salespeople work more efficiently.

  • Lead assignments within the software tool.
  • Send text messages and phone calls with no additional carrier charge.
  • Complete mobile capability with unique features, such as license and VIN number scanning.
  • Daily workflow reminders.
  1. Focus on mobile readers 

Many of your customers view your website, emails, and inventory with mobile phones. If you haven’t already, it’s time to ensure that all of your digital content is responsive to mobile devices, including tablets. Content that is not easily readable on mobile screens is losing you conversion opportunities.

  • Design all of your auto dealership marketing with mobile browsers in mind.
  • Think about how your content is read: make your email messages short and to the point. Mobile readers will skim and scan before they decide to read.
  1. Modernize your website experience 

Get your website up to snuff, in other words. In terms of digital marketing (or perhaps all of your auto dealership marketing), your website is the most important piece of the puzzle. It’s the virtual doorway to your dealership. Your leads will pass through to view your inventory, read your content, and get a feel for how you do business. What will they see?

  • Create video content to post on your website. Dealership walk-throughs, salespeople spotlights, virtual car presentations, etc.
  • Hire a web designer to give you a new, sleek look. Make your website look attractive, fun, and engaging.
  • Make sure to build links to all your pages so Google can index them correctly.
  • Include pictures of the salespeople with short bios and contact information.
  1. Build your opt-in lists 

Converting your web visitors into qualified leads is a step-by-step process. Gaining an email address is easier if you offer something free in return, such as an e-book, white paper, redeemable coupon, etc. This is one of the main methods of inbound (or permission-based) marketing.

A simplified process would look like this:

  1. A person visits your website, views inventory, and researches your dealership.
  2. He watches your videos of vehicle presentations and reads your blog.
  3. At the bottom of your web page is an offer to download your entire library of video content.
  4. To download the content, he needs to provide an email address and/or phone number.
  5. He provides his information and is added to your opt-in marketing list.
  6. You sent out automated messages (email drip campaign) offering more useful content.
  7. After a few messages, you sent out a targeted promotion based on his vehicle search and behavior.
  8. He responds, comes into the dealership, and now your salespeople have a qualified lead.
  1. Segment and personalize 

Finally, if you want your marketing to provide effective ROI, you need to target specific groups and personalize your efforts. The “spray and pray” techniques do not work like they used to. People want to have a personal connection to your dealership. They will not respond to vague, objective, or generic marketing material.

For better results, segment your marketing lists into specific groups and demographics. Use your research and tracking tools to see what they’ve viewed, what vehicles they’re interested in, and what promotion would best attract their attention.

  • Break your email lists into specific groups. Create promotional material specifically for them.
  • Make sure your emails and text messages are personal. One-to-one conversations are the messages people respond well to.
  • Think small: brainstorm ways to target specific groups with engaging, useful, and relative promotions.

Give your auto dealership marketing a regular dose of new ideas and methods 

Every dealership needs to mix up their marketing efforts on a regular basis. Of course, if something is working well, there is no reason to try and change it. But, if you see that your “go-to” tactics are starting to flat line, use these tips to diversify your marketing mix. Remember: your internet marketing is a critical aspect of your overall strategy. Give your website the attention it deserves and build up your inbound marketing sales funnel.

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In this week's Episode of Make Money Mondays Special Edition, Allyn Hane, Digital Marketing Director at Coastal States Automotive Group talks about creating your very own video strategy on Youtube. Allyn runs a successful Youtube channel called "The Lawn Care Nut". He gives us advise and techniques he personally used to grow his own channel. You have the opportunity to use or rent someone else's community or audience. With these tips you can build a Youtube channel from scratch. 

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Does Email Marketing Still Work?

Whether you like it or not, email marketing will always come in handy as long as you’re checking your email. 

This week on Think Tank Tuesday, Paul will give you 3 tips that will help you improve your email marketing exponentially.  By taking these marketing tips and putting them into action, your open rates and click through rates may increase! Watch people engage more with your business and brand by utilizing this week’s Think Tank Tuesday in your marketing strategy.

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Is Your Website Doing This?

What’s your website doing while you’re not looking?

This week on Think Tank Tuesday, I reveal the steps you should be taking to increase conversion and traffic on your landing pages, and it’s more than just a "Thank You" page. After watching this episode of Think Tank Tuesday, your website will be successful in no time!

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Is Your Campaign Compatible?

Are you testing your emails before you send them?

More than 80% of the population use smartphone and other mobile devices. Over 60% of people open their emails on mobile devices. So what is your business doing to adapt to these ever-growing numbers?

In this week’s Hard Facts, Samantha explains that you should not only be A/B testing subject lines, but also make sure your email looks great on iPhones, Androids, and other types of smartphones.  The more consistent and better it looks over all devices, the better your open rate and click-to-open rate will be!

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Speeding up the Success of Your Business

Are you looking for fast and easy ways to speed up the success of your business? 

This week on Think Tank Tuesday, Paul will go into detail about techniques you need to use to brand your business and become successful in no time.  The first step? Ask yourself these questions.

Why are you unique?

What do you do as a business owner that is different than any other company or competitor without comparing price?

After you've figured this out, you'll move on to the next small pieces of advice Paul will give you that make a huge impact.  Change your marketing strategy and advertising techniques by watching the rest of this week's Think Tank Tuesday.

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Comparing yourself to competitors in the same market...is it really such a good idea?

In this week’s Hard Facts, Samantha explains why it's not always ideal to compare your business to a competitor's, but how to do it properly in the right circumstances. Watch now!

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It's all in the detail...

Attention to detail can lead to fewer car accidents. In this week's Think Tank Tuesday, Paul explains how being dumped into an automated voicemail system can make it extremely difficult for customers to access your business.

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Developing Your Brand

I'm re-launching my Think Tank Tuesday series next week.  Until then, I've been encouraging business owners, entrepreneurs, and dealerships to watch the last 4 episodes on branding.

How important is a brand? Critical.  Without a brand, your business will lack trust in its followers and won't gain loyal customers or increased sales.

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Setting up Google User Explorer

Google's User Explorer lets us identify individual users by client ID and isolate data.  That way, we can evaluate the user and identify the path that they're taking so we can better personalize the experience for them.

You can also create segments to narrow down users who performed a certain action or engaged with specific content.  From these discoveries, you can personalize your website based on relevance.

User Explorer allows you to get a 360 view of your current and perspective clients.

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How to Tell Your Brand Story

For this week's Think Tank Tuesday, I interviewed Ray Bleser: owner of Northeastern Fine Jewelry.

Ray introduces a different way that he portrays his brand to instill trust in his customers. Many business owners still use price to advertise their brand; storytelling is a unique method that Ray uses to make sure that he is giving his customers the best service that they've had.

If you're a small business or an entrepreneur, this is the episode you want to watch in order to grow your brand and make sure your business is successful.

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Using Twitter to Grow Your Brand

Use Twitter to its fullest potential! In this week’s Hard Facts, Samantha talks about how you can use Twitter to search for potential customers and engage with clients. Using this resource will ensure that you’re expanding your brand and business.

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Can you create a timeless brand?

What are you doing to make sure your business stands out? On this week’s Think Tank Tuesday, I spoke with Andy Heck about what makes Alpin Haus such a distinct brand.  It’s more than a slogan or the logo that comes with any business. Watch now to see what Andy had to say about branding: 

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How do you define your brand?

On this week’s Think Tank Tuesday, my team and I visited Ryan Norris on a production trip to Toyota of Easley.  In that experience, I got Ryan’s interpretation on what makes a brand…and it’s more than just a logo or a jingle. 

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