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Confused by Attribution and Analytics? Don’t Sweat It!

You Don’t Need a PhD in Google Analytics, Attribution Models or Calculus to Hold Your Vendors Accountable There’s been so much talk about and money being spent on marketing attribution and analytics that many dealers are feeling bombarded by topics that seem very foreign when compared to the age-old DISC Test – that is “Does …
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Do You Like Your Vendor’s Personal Touch? You’d Better… You’re Paying for It!

Do You Like Your Vendor’s Personal Touch? You’d Better… You’re Paying for It! People often marvel at the sheer majesty and splendor of a Las Vegas casino. The Chihuly glass in the lobby of Bellagio is a great example. At any given time, there will be dozens of people snapping photos of this expensive masterpiece. …
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I’m Tired of Hearing That Car Dealers are ‘So Behind the Rest of the World!’

I’m Tired of Hearing That Car Dealers are ‘So Behind the Rest of the World!’ It seems everywhere you turn in automotive you hear how behind dealers are compared to every other industry when it comes to technology, marketing and the customer experience. Frankly, I’m growing tired of this constant drumbeat; and not just because …
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The “Secrets” to Selling More Used Cars for More Gross

  The “Secrets” to Selling More Used Cars for More Gross Every great used car manager you or I have ever met already knows the “secrets” to selling more used cars for more gross profit. (I wrote “secrets” in quotes, because these aren’t really secrets – since everyone knows them – they’re more like axioms …
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Amazon is Coming. How to Stay Ahead With Outstanding Marketing Tools

If you’re like many of us in automotive, your inbox is full of forwarded articles like this one from the Wall Street Journal proclaiming the demise of car ownership. This threatening disruption is causing much buzz – and much speculation. But although we can’t predict the future, one thing’s for sure: we need to step …
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5 Automotive Marketing Predictions For 2017

Back again for my annual car dealership predictions post for the retail automotive industry. This year will be defined by a new level of awareness surrounding relevant marketing, the state of accountability and performance, and understanding mobile consumer behavior. I believe we’ll reach a higher consciousness of execution, operational excellence, and results that every level of the dealership …
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Some Website “Expert” Adjusted Your Buttons, And It’s Costing You Sales!

Website Buttons… and why in the world are you letting self-appointed “experts” screw everything up? There are two quotes from baseball’s late, great Rocky Bridges that I just love: “Albuquerque: You can’t spell it, but you can smell it.” and “There are three things the average man thinks he can do better than anybody else: …
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How America’s New Car Dealers Can Prepare – For the Coming Autonomous Vehicle Disruption

As I wrote in 2015’s Self-Driving Cars: the Winners and the Losers, new car dealers will be among the “Obvious Losers” when, not if, self-driving vehicles become ubiquitous. However, I also predicted that this evolution wouldn’t likely begin impacting new car dealers before 2025. My timeline has actually contracted a little in the last year and …