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3 Things We Can Learn From Facebook Friend Collages

3 Things We Can Learn From Facebook Friend Collages

So, the Friend Collage is a popular thing on Facebook. Whether or not you like them, there are still some pretty cool things you can learn f…

2013 DrivingSales Executive Summit Recap Part II

2013 DrivingSales Executive Summit Recap Part II

Here's my follow up recap for the rest of the 2013 DrivingSales Executive Summit held last week in Las Vegas.  Dylan Swift, National Director o…

2013 DrivingSales Executive Summit Recap Part 1

2013 DrivingSales Executive Summit Recap Part 1

  Wow. Five and half years years ago I received a phone call from Jared Hamilton. He asked, no - told me, I had to head out to Las Vegas to at…

New Penguin Update: Get Rid of Paid Links Now!

New Penguin Update: Get Rid of Paid Links Now!

Google announced another update to Penguin's algorithm that is clearly targeting website owners who have bought paid links.  Simplest breakdown: …

Social Media Image Sizes and Dimensions [Infographic]

Social Media Image Sizes and Dimensions [Infographic]

  Updating social media profile avatars, backgrounds and images is a basic necessity of managing either your personal or professional brand. Unfortun…

Google Announces All New Algorithm: Hummingbird

Google Announces All New Algorithm: Hummingbird

Huge news day for Google and the search marketing world. Google announced their new algorithm called Hummingbird. The name obviously conjures up image…

Google To Stop Passing Keyword Data

Google To Stop Passing Keyword Data

                                Well, it's finally ha…

Five Myths To Better Google Organic Ranking Busted

Five Myths To Better Google Organic Ranking Busted

Here's a nice interview I stumbled across with Googlers from the Google Search Quality Team. They were asked to share their experiences and knowle…

The Battle: Facebook VS Google+ [Infographic]

The Battle: Facebook VS Google+ [Infographic]

Most people may simply look at the headline and proclaim Facebook as the winner based on size and user base. Don't be so quick to judge without taking …

11 Backlink Types Google Hates

11 Backlink Types Google Hates

  Backlinks are still a core element of any organic search results strategy. The key to mastering this activity is knowing the quality fact…

10 Things That Make People Bounce From Your Site

10 Things That Make People Bounce From Your Site

Many dealers have invested a lot of smart money in a lot of dumb things when it comes to their website. And by dumb things, I mean those things that a…

11 Steps To Creating The Most Effective FAQ Page

11 Steps To Creating The Most Effective FAQ Page

Online shoppers want answers to questions. They expect easy access to this information. And they don't want to waste time getting those answe…

Who's Your Dealership's Willie?

Who's Your Dealership's Willie?

Check out my man Willie. He's a Wal-Mart greeter and he's one of their best.  Walking into Wal-Mart isn't necessarily an exciting or me…

6 Reasons Why Pictures Of Your Customers And Their Cars Can Be A Great Thing

6 Reasons Why Pictures Of Your Customers And Their Cars Can Be A Great Thing

A popular topic of debate is whether or not dealers should be posting pictures of their customers with their cars at delivery.  I say GO FOR IT! And …

How To Increase Your Facebook Engagement In 1 Easy Step.

How To Increase Your Facebook Engagement In 1 Easy Step.

This is so simple. Step 1. Post from your mobile device. That's it.  Facebook likes mobile. In fact, they love it. They're all about mobile…

Looking Back On 7 Predictions for 2013

Looking Back On 7 Predictions for 2013

Can you believe we're halfway through the year? I've always believed that while you're tracking your daily activities to stay on course and hit…

So Yahoo Bought Tumblr. What Your Dealership Can Learn From It.

So Yahoo Bought Tumblr. What Your Dealership Can Learn From It.

By now you've heard Yahoo announced they plan on aquiring micro-blogging platform Tumblr for $1 Billion. The news made CEO David Karp a very …

What Are You Building Today?

What Are You Building Today?

What are you working on today that is helping you build something meaningful for tomorrow? Or, does your day consist of going through …

40 Tips in 40 Minutes Webinar Recap

40 Tips in 40 Minutes Webinar Recap

Last week I hosted a webinar for KPA marketing called "40 Tips in 40 Minutes." This was an updated version of a DrivingSales Executive Summi…

How To Motivate Sales People [Infographic]

How To Motivate Sales People [Infographic]

Great leaders know how keep their sales people motivated. They understand both their individual and professional needs. Do you know the best ways to motiva…

How DrivingSales University Is Making NADA 2013 Better For Dealers

How DrivingSales University Is Making NADA 2013 Better For Dealers

I am so excited for NADA 2013! I'm more exctied this year than any other year I've attended for several reasons. In years past I attended NADA as …

How To Prevent Poor Lead Process Management and Poor Website Experiences

How To Prevent Poor Lead Process Management and Poor Website Experiences

  Last weekend I had the opportunity to speak to a 20 Group in Chicago - a group that has met annually for nearly 25 years. A very experienc…

How Dealers Can Make Money On Facebook

How Dealers Can Make Money On Facebook

Yesterday I shared this tongue in cheek image of how dealers can make money on Facebook. Sure, it's worth a few laughs, but it's also meant to…

3 Cool New Apps For Your Home Screen

3 Cool New Apps For Your Home Screen

Do you refresh your home screen apps? What about folders on the home screen? I don't use folders anymore, that's the digital equivalent of t…

7 Predictions For An Awesome 2013

7 Predictions For An Awesome 2013

  Every year I enjoy putting my neck on the line by trying to look into the future of our wonderful industry and play Carstrodamus to see what …

Why I Quit Klout and Why You Should Too!

Why I Quit Klout and Why You Should Too!

Very rarely do I ever rant about something, but enough already with the obsession about Klout and your score. This debate continues to drone on and I&#39…

Sneak Peek: New Website Forums #DSNews

Sneak Peek: New Website Forums #DSNews

So, we've got some new things brewing for the DrivingSales community. This week, I'll be providing previews of the new features coming within our…

What Would You Ask TrueCar's CEO Scott Painter At #DSES?

What Would You Ask TrueCar's CEO Scott Painter At #DSES?

Everyone in the car business seems to have a opinion about TrueCar's CEO Scott Painter. Everyone seems to have the right answer or solution to the…

4 Words That Make Sales Managers Sound Stupid

4 Words That Make Sales Managers Sound Stupid

Joe Webb is at it again with another comedic, yet real, take on what's happening inside dealerships every single day. Are you giving your cu…

September 15th Is Celebrate My Drive Day (Infographic)

September 15th Is Celebrate My Drive Day (Infographic)

Check out these stats regarding teen texting and driving. Statefarm insurance is taking a strong position on reducing this public health risk by adopting…

Facebook's Secret To Mobile Advertising Success: WiFi

Facebook's Secret To Mobile Advertising Success: WiFi

How on Earth is facebook going to succeed within the mobile space?  There are nearly 500 million facebook users on their mobile devices current…

Google’s Local Ads Cost Per Call Nearly Twice as Expensive as YP Ads

Google’s Local Ads Cost Per Call Nearly Twice as Expensive as YP Ads

Who's the reigning king of low-cost incoming sales calls? Google Adwords or the YP Local Ad Network? A news study released shows the YP Local Ad Ne…

10 Social, Technology & Website Predictions For The 2nd Half of 2012!

10 Social, Technology & Website Predictions For The 2nd Half of 2012!

Who doesn't love a good prediction? That is, unless you're bad at making predictions, like these two gems. "With over 15 types of foreign …

Rand Fishkin, CEO of SEOmoz, Joins DrivingSales Executive Summit Keynote Line-Up

Rand Fishkin, CEO of SEOmoz, Joins DrivingSales Executive Summit Keynote Line-Up

  Search has become such a big part of our online vernacular. Our online world consists of so many stategies and tactics. Besides worrying abou…

4 Ways Foursquare Boosts WOM For Your Business

4 Ways Foursquare Boosts WOM For Your Business

  Location based marketing services boosts word of mouth for your business. By now foursquare fans have noticed the new changes made to the app;…

Location And Mobile Will Change Everything

Location And Mobile Will Change Everything

We will continue to experience significant consumer behavior changes as mobile smartphone conversion continues. One area of opportunity for automotive de…

Mobile Apps vs. Mobile Web (Infographic)

Mobile Apps vs. Mobile Web (Infographic)

Here's an excellent infographic comparing Mobile Apps vs. Mobile Web to demonstrate which one is better for your business. I've often said that t…

Speaking Of Speakers...

Speaking Of Speakers...

We're fast approaching the 2012 DrivingSales Executive Summit. This event is known for bringing automotive audiences the best of the best with r…

Social Discovery - The Next Wave Of Connecting

Social Discovery - The Next Wave Of Connecting

So, now that we have all submersed ourselves within the social landscape, opened up a multitude of social network accounts and shared every las…

Facebook Study - Doug Frisbee | Auto marketers: Put Your Fans In The Driver’s Seat

Facebook Study - Doug Frisbee | Auto marketers: Put Your Fans In The Driver’s Seat

Doung Frisbee, head of Automotive, Global Vertical Marketing at Facebook, published a great overview of a recent research study conducted within the auto…

FREE Copy of What The Plus! By Guy Kawasaki

FREE Copy of What The Plus! By Guy Kawasaki

Hurry - grab your FREE copy of Guy Kawasaki's newest book: What The Plus! (Google+ for the rest of us)  Whether you're already on Googl…

Exclusive Interview: GM Director of Social Media by Hugh Macken Live

Exclusive Interview: GM Director of Social Media by Hugh Macken Live

You'll definitely want to tune into this exclusive interview with GM's Director of Social Media, Mary Henige. The interview is courtesy of t…

DrivingSales Rolls Out New App: The Brake iPad

DrivingSales Rolls Out New App: The Brake iPad

Jared Hamilton has done it again. He has been busy at the drawing board trying to solve the problem of bringing together W-Fi services, tablet applica…

DrivingSales Launches Revolutionary dGlove

DrivingSales Launches Revolutionary dGlove

    Dennis Galbraith is known for his groundbreaking data management techniques. He is taking the entire data management technology segm…

DrivingSales Introduces DqrS System: Driving quick response Sales

DrivingSales Introduces DqrS System: Driving quick response Sales

DrivingSales is shaking up the QR Code industry with its revolutionary DqrS System - Driving quick response Sales. Dealers can now order DqrS full-bod…

Interview With Dan Moore Of Smart Web Concepts

Interview With Dan Moore Of Smart Web Concepts

I recently spoke with Dan Moore, Founder and President of Smart Web Concepts about their news announcement of being chosen to join Facebook&#39…

Why You Need To Manage Your Foursquare Venues

Why You Need To Manage Your Foursquare Venues

A very interesting location based marketing discussion popped up online recently. A screen shot of a Mercedes Benz dealership's foursquare venue was …

NADA 2012 Las Vegas Re-Cap

NADA 2012 Las Vegas Re-Cap

Another excellent year for the NADA Convention in Las Vegas has passed. I wasn’t speaking this year, so I was excited about spending more time on t…

Another Panda Update & How My Listings Changed!

Another Panda Update & How My Listings Changed!

Google confirmed another algorithm update, Panda 3.2, effective January 18th. Maybe you noticed some changes to your listings. (You are watching your sea…

3 Things You Can Learn From Pinterest

3 Things You Can Learn From Pinterest

Pinterest. The hottest new community everyone is rushing to. So, what's the big deal? Think of it simply as a digital pin board for the stuff you lik…

Quora Helps In More Ways Than You Think

Quora Helps In More Ways Than You Think

Quora is one of my favorite sites for reading & discovering great info on various topics. Why? Because of it's simplicity, the community dynamic …

Don't Be The Dreaded Mr. Conference Sales Guy

Don't Be The Dreaded Mr. Conference Sales Guy

Here's something for vendors to think about this year and as we prepare for NADA and other late-Winter/early-Spring conferences: Are you the vendor s…

Most Googled Cars of 2011

Most Googled Cars of 2011

What were the most Googled cars in 2011? Hat tip to VJ for this gem. Source: Most Googled Cars Of 2011 …

2 Easy Ways To Make Your Google Plus Business Page Stand Out

2 Easy Ways To Make Your Google Plus Business Page Stand Out

Whether you've already created a Google Plus Business page for your dealership or plan on doing so eventually, here's two simple things you can d…

How Facebook & Google Are Bringing Word Of Mouth Marketing Back

How Facebook & Google Are Bringing Word Of Mouth Marketing Back

One of the things I love to do is find the newest ways for people to connect with Auction Direct online. Here’s two ways that will become incr…

How To Enable Google's Webmaster Tools SEO Reports

How To Enable Google's Webmaster Tools SEO Reports

Google recently turned on it's newest analytics feature: Webmaster Tools SEO Reports. You're missing critical data if you don't integrate you…

Google+ VS. Facebook

Google+ VS. Facebook

Nicely organized side-by-side comparison of Google+ and Facebook. Click image to expand. …

How Word Of Mouth Marketing Is Going To Explode

How Word Of Mouth Marketing Is Going To Explode

Everyone knows how powerful Word of Mouth marketing is. It's about to get an incredible shot in the arm thanks to the new social graph features withi…

How Are Businesses Using Facebook? (Infographic)

How Are Businesses Using Facebook? (Infographic)

Another wonderful infographic showing how businesses are using Facebook. As more business solutions such as Google Plus for businesses, social eCommerce …

Compare Your Website Metrics vs. Google’s Global Analytics

Compare Your Website Metrics vs. Google’s Global Analytics

Excellent infographic from KISS Metrics showing global Google analytics metrics and usage trends. Compare your website metrics to these statist…

Location Based Marketing for Dummies

Location Based Marketing for Dummies

Be sure to check out the new release of Location Based Marketing for Dummies, written by Aaron Strout, one of the DrivingSales Executive Summit k…

How To Add Google Authorship Attribute (And why you should for SEO!)

How To Add Google Authorship Attribute (And why you should for SEO!)

Google Authorship Attribute: The authorship attribute is a new element within the recent Panda update. This another way Google is prioritizing content fr…

Google+ Now Has 20 Million Users [infographic]

Google+ Now Has 20 Million Users [infographic]

Why is this significant? Google+ business solutions will be out soone enough. Will you be prepared? …

The 10 Commandments of Link Building

The 10 Commandments of Link Building

The 10 Commandments of Link Building Courtesy of KliKKi search engine optimization.   …

Is Google+ The Ultimate Facebook Killer?

Is Google+ The Ultimate Facebook Killer?

Get ready for a new round of changes within the social/digital marketing spaces. Google+ opened it's doors with a limited launch last week. After usi…

Google Raises The SEO Bar: Descriptive Terms in Local Search Search Results

Google Raises The SEO Bar: Descriptive Terms in Local Search Search Results

Google is raising the bar for local listing results again by introducing a new method of serving results within Google Maps. (Not web listings - just whe…

Are You Posting C.R.A.P?

Are You Posting C.R.A.P?

During a recent conversation, I memtioned three items I felt were the most useful to post on Facebook Pages. Ironicaly, those items also created a less t…

Who Provides The Best Online Reviews?

Who Provides The Best Online Reviews?

  Everyone wants a fair online review for their business. The probem is, where's the best place to get a fair review? We've all seen th…

NEW: Google Business Photos

NEW: Google Business Photos

Google just announced their newest feature enhancement to Google Places: Google Business Photos.  Marissa Mayer gave the scoop at today's S…

Are You a Social Stock Market Sucker?

Are You a Social Stock Market Sucker?

  So, the latest "time-waster" to show up in the social spaces is Empire Avenue. Here's a quick breakdown: You buy & sell "…

Facebook Shares vs. Twitter's Tweets - Which Help You Get Better Search Rankings?

Facebook Shares vs. Twitter's Tweets - Which Help You Get Better Search Rankings?

Which social content helps you get better search engine results? Links shared via Facebook or Twitter? According to a study done by SEOmoz, the answer …

What's Your "Refrigerator Magnet?"

What's Your "Refrigerator Magnet?"

A while back, one of the first business books I latched on to was Jeffrey Gitomer's "Little Book" series. Strongly recommend to anyone l…

Google +1 Is Here

Google +1 Is Here

I love when Google shakes things up the moment you feel comfy with a new concept or strategy. Google just launched their new +1 service which makes sea…

AutoTrader Only Provides 1 XML Address

AutoTrader Only Provides 1 XML Address

Here's something new I just found out about AutoTrader: Each dealership account can only have their leads sent to one (1) XML email address. I wasn…

How Google SEO Changes The Internet - Infographic

How Google SEO Changes The Internet - Infographic

Click image for full size. …

5 Digital Marketing Categories Dealers Need To Watch In 2011

5 Digital Marketing Categories Dealers Need To Watch In 2011

    5 Digital Marketing Changing Dealers Need To Watch In 2011   2010 was an incredible year. Technology improvements, significa…

8 Apps To Make Sure You Don't Miss The Good Stuff At NADA 2011!

8 Apps To Make Sure You Don't Miss The Good Stuff At NADA 2011!

Keynote speakers, workshops, client meetings, vendor booths, casual lunches, classy dinners, vendor parties, VIP gatherings and more. So much to do at NA…

Real Purpose of a Location Based Check-in?

Real Purpose of a Location Based Check-in?

  Millions of people are checking into location based marketing applications. Why? As more people use these services, more people will undo…

Best Group Chat Tool: Beluga

Best Group Chat Tool: Beluga

Everyone uses text messages within their stores as a method of communicating. Here's a great free group chat tool that has so many usage possibilitie…

How SEO's Spend Their Time

How SEO's Spend Their Time

Everyone thinks SEO's have it easy. Harldy. Check out this pitch-perfect infographic of how SEO's spend their time. …

How To Create Trackable URL's with QR Codes.

How To Create Trackable URL's with QR Codes.

This has to be the simplest method of creating short, trackable URL's and an accompanying QR Code. Use the short URL's within messages sent …

NEW: In-Page Analytics Available

NEW: In-Page Analytics Available

Google recently changed & improved their old Page Overlay analytics tool. Now, it's called "In-Page Analytics." (Found under the Conten…

Easiest. Check-in Service. Ever.

Easiest. Check-in Service. Ever.

Want to use the easiest web based check-in program yet? Only takes two simple items: A browser plugin. Web visitors. Visit OneTrueFan…

How To Connect Your Dealership With The Community

How To Connect Your Dealership With The Community

Want to connect with a new group of professionals within your community, create greater awareness for your dealership(s) and drive them into your show…

Location Based Marketing: Hottest Segment in Social Media

Location Based Marketing: Hottest Segment in Social Media

Here's my location based marketing presentation from the 2010 DrivingSales Executive Summit - many thanks to Jared for including me on such an incred…

Mark Zuckerberg Talks to Robert Scoble about Facebook Groups

Mark Zuckerberg Talks to Robert Scoble about Facebook Groups

Mark Zuckerberg talks with Robert Scoble about Facebook Groups. …

2010 Social Media All-Star Team

2010 Social Media All-Star Team

INFOGRAPHIC: Roster of the 2010 Social Media All-Star Team   Originally posted on Nine Clouds …

Facebook Facts You Probably Didn't Know

Facebook Facts You Probably Didn't Know

INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook Facts You Probably Didn't Know …

Location-based Media: The Hottest Segment in Social Media

Location-based Media: The Hottest Segment in Social Media

  Welcome to the world of Location-based Services. These applications are changing the way people experience everyday activities like shopping, ea…

WTF is Google Instant?

WTF is Google Instant?

Image by stevegarfield via Flickr   Search is changing. Again. Everyone is in a tizzy about Google Instant. Anyon…

12 Reasons Why People Like Your Fan Page

12 Reasons Why People Like Your Fan Page

If you're still searching for the secret sauce why people like your Facebook page, here's 12 great reasons. This helps put some perspective on a …

Here an Interesting graphic showing the comparison between referral traffic received from social media channels vs. Google, for eight very diverse major …

How is the advent of the mobile browser & mobile marketing campaigns changing the way people interact with social sites & the Internet in general…

  Click Image To View Full Size   Hat tip to the PPCBlog.com for this masterpiece. …

Are you tracking how many of your Facebook Fans hide your content? Whether you grow fans organically or via sponsored ads, you should monitor how man…

Looking for new data to help guide your automotive marketing activity? Here's a nice HubSpot report w/a detailed overview of online marketing resul…

The Social Media train left the station a long time ago. Stop chasing it. Stop trying to "decide" if its for you.  A new train has been …

Auction Direct USA Wins 2010 #1 Independent Retailer of the Year Award

Auction Direct USA Wins 2010 #1 Independent Retailer of the Year Award

Las Vegas, NV - June 15, 2010 – Auto Dealer Monthly announced the 2010 Independent Retailer of the Year, along with corporate sponsor AutoTrader.co…

OK, you joined Driving Sales, you've read everyone's blogs & discussions and you finally wrote your first blog post. Then you waited anxiou…

(Graphic is from last fall, but still full of detailed info & provides a nice industry summary) Personal Finance Image from Mint.com …

GM made sure everyone heard the good news - they paid back their TARP funds in full and ahead of schedule. Instantly, company naysayers do an about fa…

Can Foursquare be an effective social media communications tool for retail car dealers? Foursquare is a location-based social networking site which …

  Listening. Individuals and businesses alike work so hard at trying to engage, interact, promote, distribute, create link-bait, re-twee…

Michael Stelzner recently published a new White Paper:  2010 Social Media Marketing Industry Report.  The purpose of this paper was to unders…

What if you went car shopping based on your occupation or profession? Firefighters: A Chevy Blazer Entomologist: Mitsubishi Spyder Meteorolo…

Need another reason why your business should have a Foursquare Venue Page? Take this one to your boss, or whoever else is stone-walling your ef…

I always enjoy ringing in the new year - the thought of working with a fresh slate to create bigger and better things is both refreshing and exciting. I'm …

A lot of people are beginning to play with Google Wave - even some of us within the car dealer social network community. Many are confused as to what it…

Image via CrunchBaseToday’s social media technologies make it easy to connect with great people. Last year, I met Jason Kintzler, Founder of PitchEngine.…

Image via Wikipedia Its great to see the discussions about the different strategies being used to drive traffic and get noticed online; the best laid SEO,…

Image via WikipediaCar Czar. That's got a cool ring to it...who wouldn't want to have "Czar" in their job title? Congress is calling for someone to be n…

Image via WikipediaThis is one of many upcoming posts about the changes occurring in the Automobile industry. With all the buzz about change needed within…

How New Media Helped Auction Direct USA Boost Sales 40% by Kimberly Smith Case study published on 10/28/2008 Company: Auction Direct USA Contact: Eric …

Image via CrunchBase Car dealers are always looking for new ways to reach potential customers and retain existing relationships. Newspaper rates continu…

Image via WikipediaUsed car shoppers all agree that doing your research online is a must. Dealer websites, photos, videos, mileage figures, reviews, CARF…

Image via Wikipedia Want to add a little extra value to your customer's buying experience? Have them drive away from your dealership with additional infor…

Interview from WhyBuyUsedCar.com [WBUC] Everyone wants the best price on a used car. Up to 80% of used car shoppers are looking for their next deal online…

Image via WikipediaA nimble, constantly evolving online marketing strategy helps keep CarsDirect dealer partner Auction Direct USA on the cutting edge of t…

Interview from WhyBuyUsedCar.com [WBUC] I see the paradigm shift within the used car industry more and more every day. The consumer behavior and activit…

Interview from WhyBuyUsedCars.com [WBUC] I was fortunate enough to meet the founder of a new online automotive community. Unique sites can easily be t…

Interview from WhyBuyUsedCars.com [WBUC] Crackberry, Sidekick, Smartphone - whatever you want to call them, they’re in everyone’s hands and people are…

Thanks to Jared and Paul for asking me to join DrivingSales.com. I may not be a true "car-guy" in the same sense as most of the contributors here have work…

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