Google AIS Custom Search

case (2)

2011 Case Study: Bonfire Helps an Unlikely Industry Get Social

Company: Beaverton Auto Group

Campaign Length: Nine Months

Result: Facebook interactions increased 1,021%, Facebook fans increased 172%, and Facebook cost-per-fan decreased 38.2% (averages)

The Challenge

Beaverton Auto Group consists of three auto dealerships: Beaverton Nissan, Beaverton Hyundai, and Damerow Ford. A locally owned and operated company, Beaverton Auto Group was quick to realize and understand the dramatic shift to social media in an industry that has relied heavily on traditional mediums.

Each of the three brands at hand have experienced their own significant challenges during the recession and natural disasters in Japan, which caused difficulty in maintaining a consistent supply of inventory. Bonfire was appointed to launch the company into the social space to build brand awareness, increase web traffic, nurture their communities, and ultimately drive sales.

The Customer Experience

Auto dealerships aren’t exactly known for fantastic customer service, and many customers dread stepping onto the lot. So instead of simply telling everyone how great their customer service is, weshowed them by displaying photos of happy customers next to their brand new cars. Not only did this provide an avenue to build trust among potential customers, but it also helped us grow a relevant fan base—one filled with existing customers and not random visitors who want nothing to do with the product. The pictures quickly became a hit, with customers often asking for their pictures to be taken before the conclusion of the sale and showing gratitude in the comments.

We also provided exceptional customer service via social channels, further contributing to our highly interactive communities.


One of the most significant shifts in social media in 2011 was the expectation of the consumer to be rewarded for connecting with brands online. Knowing this was a key to success, we wanted to do something fun to reward our fan base but also add value and generate business for our client.

We achieved this in several ways throughout the campaign, the first of which was exclusive service specials for Facebook fans. To make this process ultra-convenient for the customer, we enabled them to download and print the coupons right from Facebook vs. making them click through to another site. We also ran an iPad 2 Giveaway as part of our “fan giveaway” value proposition.

Facebook Advertising

Most auto dealerships use their Facebook pages exclusively to advertise. Not our clients.

We advertise where it was meant to be—using Facebook ads. They allowed us to extend our campaign reach significantly while allocating our budget only to our target demographics. Throughout the campaign, the ads were the highest generator of new fan growth than any other medium.

The Results

A well-executed strategy, optimized tactics, and a focus on valuable content yielded phenomenal results over our nine month period from February–October 2011. In fact, Beaverton Hyundai now has more Facebook fans than any Hyundai dealership in the nation.

Beaverton Nissan

Facebook Fans: +183.2%

Facebook Interactions: +668.4%

Facebook Advertising Cost-Per-Fan: -53.7%

Beaverton Hyundai

Facebook Fans: +260.5%

Facebook Interactions: +1,480.6%

Facebook Advertising Cost-Per-Fan: -62.4%

Damerow Ford

Facebook Fans: +73.4%

Facebook Interactions: +914.8%

Facebook Advertising Cost-Per-Fan: +1.4%

Source -

Read more…

24/7 Chat Case Study - Toyota of Irving

This was a case study I recently posted on my blog: Automotive Marketing . We ran this study on Dealer Refresh for 2 months. Below you will see the results before adding Car Chat 24 and after. Anyone on that would be interested in a 30 day free trial, feel free to reach out.

05 Oct 2010

Toyota of Irving – Success Story w/Car Chat 24

Car Chat 24 Case Studies, Edit No Comments

increase sales with car chat 24

I’m happy to report that we have yet another fully satisfied customer using Car Chat 24. Toyota of Irving’s Internet director took part in our latest case study on DealerRefresh.

The #1 Hottest Thread on the popular DealerRefresh forum is none other than “Free 24/7 Live Dealer Support, Staff, and Leads (Case Study).”

Here is what Maria had to say after her 2 month trial:

You can see that Toyota of Irving after adding Car Chat 24 was able to increase their conversion by 60-70% and their website sales by over 40%.

Here is what Maria Jones had to say about her experience:

As you can see the addition of a chat service (Car Chat 24) has yielded great results. At Toyota of Irving we are converting more visitors into valid leads and increasing guest satisfaction. It is truly amazing that we are capturing visitors as they are live on our site 24 hours a day! Some of them even get a response from us while they are still on-line after the chat. I will say however, this study focused on sales leads but I can’t tell you how many service leads came over as well and I know that we enjoyed some pretty good tickets from those leads as well! I hope that this data is helpful to you”.

I thought it would be important to display the data before adding chat and after.

Conversion Rate: The percentage of absolute unique visitors who submit a form on your website.

Numbers Before Chat:

Feb 2010

Unique Visitors: 4370

Web Leads: 94

Conversion: 2.15%

Sales: 24

Closing: 25%

March 2010

Unique Visitors: 7409

Web Leads: 219

Conversion: 2.9%

Sales: 42

Closing: 19%

Numbers After Chat:

Final numbers for June 2010 from Toyota of Irving:

Total Unique Visitors: 3728

Total Website Leads without Chat Leads: 87
Lead Conversion % without Chat Leads: 2.33%
Total CarChat24 Leads/Appointments/Queries: 62
Total Conversion % with Chat Leads: 3.99%
Total Lead Conversion % increase: 71.24%
Total Website Sales without Chat Leads: 22
Total Chat Lead Sales: 9
Total Sales: 31
Website Sales % increase: 41%

July 2010 Case Study Results (Final)
Total Unique Visitors: 4487
Total Website Leads without Chat Leads: 154
Lead Conversion % without Chat Leads: 3.43%

tal CarChat24 Leads/Appointments/Queries: 92
Total Conversion % with Chat Leads: 5.48%
Total Lead Conversion % increase: 59.76%
Total Website Sales without Chat Leads: 32
Total Chat Lead Sales: 14
Total Sales: 47
Website Sales % increase: 43.75%

Read more…