Former AutoMart executive to join leading provider of live chat for car dealers
ATLANTA, GA – January 20, 2010 – Contact At Once!, LLC, the leading provider of live chat and other internet marketing tools that move online lookers into live conversations with car dealers, announced today the hiring of Skip Dowd as Vice President, Business Development. In this role, Dowd will be responsible for building and managing relationships with the company’s strategic partners.
Dowd began his career in 1991 as an advertising sales person with Trader Publishing, calling on auto dealers in Northeast Ohio. He rose to Vice President of Electronic Media, assembling and leading the team that launched AutoMart.com and AutoMercado.com. After AutoTrader.com, a division of Cox Enterprises, acquired AutoMart.com in October of 2006, Dowd managed the corporate transition before leaving to pursue independent consulting engagements within the automotive industry.
“Skip knows the automotive landscape extremely well including the many different types of websites and tools that help connect in-market car shoppers and car dealers,” said John Hanger, President and CEO. “We are excited to have him join our growing team. Skip is a smart business builder whose contributions will benefit our customers and partners.”
“The executive team’s integrity and the company culture always impressed me, so it is very exciting to now be a part of it,” Dowd said. “Contact At Once! was one of my vendors at Automart.com so I’ve seen first-hand how effective their live chat for car dealers solutions are at connecting online lookers
with car dealers. The company is a market leader because their vision extends far beyond just adding chat to a dealership’s website.”
“Consumers increasingly prefer text-based communication but the automotive industry has been unable to capitalize on this trend for lack of a scalable, standard’s based approach to connecting dealers with all of the websites that bring them leads,” Dowd continued. “Contact At Once! has solved this problem, has woven itself into the fabric of the automotive industry, and is literally improving the effectiveness of every automotive website to which it is added. That list that today includes thousands of car dealer websites and leading automotive classified sites such as Cars.com, CarsDirect.com,
CarSoup.com and others.”
About Live Chat for Car Dealers Provider Contact At Once!, LLC:
Contact At Once!, LLC is the leading provider of live chat for car dealers and internet marketing tools for automotive sales, apartment leasing, and other industries where consumers conduct research online before visiting a dealership or office. The ContactAtOnce! service typically moves at least 25% more website visitors into live conversations with sales people by utilizing a suite of technologies such as presence, IM/chat, VoIP telephony, video chat and text messaging, resulting in increased revenue and a better return on marketing expenditures. ContactAtOnce! is the only solution with features specifically for vertical search websites and over 35 such sites, along with thousands of merchant businesses, are using it today. Find out more at www.contactatonce.com.