Community

Share your automotive expertise

2 Write a Blog Post

Another Vehicle Video Option for Dealers

By Bruce Etzcorn on Nov 26, 2010

Video, video, everywhere vehicle video.

Yes, this is another rant about how your dealership needs video of every vehicle on your website but it may not take the traditional spin. Stay with me, I've got a new idea for vehicle video that you may not have thought about.

As a car dealership you have a handful of vendors knocking at your door delivering vehicle video products complete with human voice overs, flashy graphics and a few other bells and whistles. These videos of your vehicles are sent to your website vendor (hopefully Dealer HD) daily where they automatically add these videos to the correct vehicle in your inventory. All of this is great but what if you don't need all the bells and whistles? What if you're looking to cut costs at your dealership? Either way, you still need vehicle video.

You've got amazing (free) video options.

Whether you're looking for cost-effective video production, an alternative method to create vehicle videos or looking to supplement existing vehicle videos on your dealership's website I've got a little secret for you... Animoto. Animoto's tag line is "the end of slideshows" and once you see a sample, you'll agree with them. Animoto takes the photos of your vehicle and produces amazing high-quality movies. I'm convinced that it doesn't matter what content you throw at Animoto, the end result will be a high-end video that you'll be proud to showcase on your dealership website. Check out a few samples at the Animoto showcase.

The process is extremely simple.

  1. Create a FREE account.
  2. Upload your vehicle photos.
  3. Choose your music.
  4. Title your video and give it a description.
  5. Render your video.

Animoto will start rendering your vehicle video and send you an email when it's ready. The process takes about 10 minutes or so depending on the amount of photos you used to create your masterpiece. Once completed your vehicle video will be available on the Animoto website where you can view, invite friends, share (on facebook, twitter and upload to youTube) or download a web quality version. The download link makes it all worth the price... wait, let's talk about that for a minute.

You pay for what you get.

For Personal use, Aminoto allows you to create an unlimited number 30 second videos for free. If you're looking for videos a bit longer than 30 seconds you'll want to opt for the $30 per year, All-Access Pass.

What you're dealership really needs to do is purchase the Pro package for $249.00 (per year). This gives you a business license and allows you to create an unlimited number of videos of any length for your dealer website. These vehicle videos can also be white-labeled, which strips the Animoto logo off of each video and replaces it with your dealership's logo. All of the packages include use of royalty-free music and the Professional package allows even more music to choose from. All of the pricing details can be found at Animoto pricing.

Is Animoto too good to be true?

To illustrate what a vehicle video may look like with Animoto I created a quick video from our EVOX stills for a BMW 650i Convertible. I chose one of Animoto's royalty free songs for the background but your dealership could upload a jingle instead. For an even more personalized touch, your dealership could produce a voice over track of the vehicle options and upload it. The platform is very flexible.

There is one obvious drawback to all of this. Someone at your dealership has to create each of these vehicle videos so don't go and cancel your contract with your vehicle video provider just yet. If you pride yourself in your dealership's DIY nature then go ahead and give Animoto a try but at this point I'd recommend it as a supplement to your existing vehicle video setup. The creation process is not all that bad. I have a great time creating videos. I use this often to put together photos that I take of personal events and everyone (and I mean everyone) loves the final product.

Comments

Bruce,

Great article. Do you know if the Pro account will allow you to bulk upload or even better have your inventory proider send photos?

Nov 29, 2010

The Pro account does allow bulk upload. Animoto has their Quick Start API ( http://dhd.fm/ectrGZ ) which allows applications (or your inventory provider) to easily send images, music and video clips to Animoto so you can make videos quickly. We're currently using this in our system and it really does speed up the process.

Nov 29, 2010

Bruce,
I am a pro member. I love Animoto, but how can i get the video from there to my vdp page?

Feb 17, 2014

Shannon,

I wrote this post quite some time ago while I was developing at Dealer HD. We integrated Animoto using their API. Which allowed us to send vehicle photos to Animoto and allow you to craft your video. Once complete, we'd pull in the published Animoto video. It wasn't too complicated.

Today (at Dealer Inspire) we have a unique system for pulling in video content from YouTube that can be shown on all vehicles, certain makes, certain models, or the individual stock number! Just get the video to your YouTube channel. We'll handle the rest.

Feb 18, 2014

Comments 1 - 4 of 4

You must be logged in to comment

Login Create an account

Add your comments:

   

Bruce Etzcorn's Recent Posts

Related Posts

  • Basic Principles of Landing Pages

    In the broadest sense of the term, landing pages refer to whatever pages on a website you are sending a potential shopper.  Typically, the traffic to landing pages comes from some form of marketing such as blogs or social media.  For landing pages that drive direct actions (conversions), a few key differences separate these pages from other pages on a dealership site. Conversion-driving landing pages tend to be a bit stripped down in comparison to a normal website page.  The goal with most marketing is to create a path or funnel for the customer to follow.  Having lots of other options on the page such as social media share buttons, or even site menus, can distract a user from that path. Landing page text tends to be simplistic, with a headline displaying a key benefit of whatever product or service is being sold along with some bullet points for details.  This is usually followed by a call to action.  Attention-getting call to action buttons help push shoppers in the right dir...Read post

  • Will Boomers and Millennials Ever Understand Each Other?

    Millennials are often misunderstood by Baby Boomers creating difficult situations when hiring and retaining the 25 to 34-year-old age groups. Why is this? Will Baby Boomers and Millennials ever understand each other or will cohesion and understanding help your business? Find out in this passionate post by Grant Gooley.Read post

  • Creating an Excellent (CX) in your Store

    A recent quarterly digital intelligence briefing from Adobe and Econsultancy titled Digital Trends 2015 outlining the most exciting opportunities for your organization, ranked Customer Experience as number one for the second straight year. The study was conducted on more than 6,000 marketing, digital and ecommerce professionals around the world ranking things like content marketing, mobile, social, big data, personalisation, location based services  and more. Customer Experience or (CX) as a theme has increased the gap from 2014 between things like mobile and social. Last year 20% ranked (CX) as the most exciting opportunity and the number has increased in 2015 to 22%. It is clear that in the coming year we will see a ton of activity in this area, so how can your dealership ensure an excellent (CX)? Customer Experience is defined as is the sum of all experiences at various touch points a customer has with a supplier of goods and/or services, over the duration of their relatio...Read post

  • 6 Things You Should Know About Email Marketing

    Of all the marketing methods, both conquest and customer, email is the most cost effective and returns the highest return on investment than any other channel. Of course this is only true if you know these six tips to get the most out of your email marketing. Subject Lines Did you know 33% of recipients open an email based on the subject line alone?1 Think of the subject line as your email’s headline. It should be brief, no more than 35-40 characters in length, for easy viewing on a mobile device. The content of your subject line should provide actionable information that represents the major content of your email. Always avoid using strong promotional attributes like multiple exclamation points or words in all caps. If you’re unsure of your selected subject line, test a couple out to determine which one receives the most opens. From Line Did you know 70% of people open emails from their favorite companies?2 This exact reason is why it is very important to use your dealership’s...Read post

  • Get In The Game! Gamification Best Practices For Your Dealership

    While gamification seems to be an emerging term in the automotive vertical, it's been a stable marketing tactic in others for years now. We've seen it in social media, different location based apps on our phones to training software. If you find that your dealership is looking to employ gamification into your marketing mix there are some simple best practices you will want to review with your staff and your vendors prior to launching. Know your business goals: Your marketing strategies need to align with your dealership's business goals. If you employ gamification as part of that strategy it has to align as well. Gamification isn't just to make your website content more interesting, clear KPAs need to be defined to ensure success. You need to define clear cut results to measure whether or not your efforts are successful or not. Make scoring and winning straight forward: In an article published last year by Michael Brenner, it's communicated that our average attention span is ...Read post

  • Hiring the right people is easier then you think.

    Your best prospects for future success will be those who closely match the best of what you already have. Gain an understanding of what keeps these people motivated and performing at peak ability. These are the traits you will need to advertise and hire for.Read post

  • Retention, Loyalty or Acquisition Marketing?

    We all want new customers. And it’s certainly mandatory to retain a customer to create a loyal one. But how we market our dealerships is increasingly important -- as each form of marketing will deliver different results. The three terms: loyalty, retention and acquisition marketing, all have their own distinct meanings and should be used to satisfy different goals and objectives. While they are often not distinguished differently within most dealerships, they truly have different meanings, and will generate different results.   According to the experts at the Cambridge Dictionary, the definition of customer loyalty is as follows:   “The fact of a customer buying products or services from the same company over a long period of time.”   According to Wikipedia, customer retention is defined as follows:   “Customer retention is the activity that a selling organization undertakes in order to reduce customer defections.”   And acquisition marketing is defined as th...Read post

  • Connecticut Ford Dealership Launches Chevy Marketing Campaign?

    At some point, "social" media stopped being "social" for many dealerships...who decided it's better to talk TO customers than to engage them. This marketing campaign with a Connecticut Ford dealership turns that concept upside down.Read post