*This article previously appeared in the Reynolds and Reynolds FUEL monthly newsletter*
By Jay Harper
Does your dealership’s website suffer from TARCAC (Tumbleweeds Are Rolling and Crickets Are Chirping) syndrome? Have you tried every method out there, but no matter what you do, can’t get those website traffic numbers to budge?
Here are five easy ways to drive website traffic:
1. Email Marketing
Do you even know anyone who doesn’t have an email address? There are 2.5 billion email users worldwide, and it’s predicted to increase to 2.8 billion in the next two years. It continues to rank #1 as the most effective way to reach people interested in your business because it’s the only method of communication you own.
With a clean database, effective messaging, good timing, and the ability to deliver emails to inboxes consistently, you’re able to take control of your dealership marketing with a 1:1 strategy that costs less, retains more customers, recaptures lost business, and drives traffic to your website.
2. Social Media
If you want to be successful in today’s technology-driven world, your social media presence is critical. The average person spends 2 hours and 15 minutes on social media each day. If you want people to see your dealership and your promotions, advertise where people spend their time! Reach beyond your own audience and grow new business by using social insights to target people with similar interests and behaviors. Drive action with lead generation ads. Use the power of influence to spread your brand recognition by letting users see when their friends interact with your dealership.
Want to dip your foot (or straight up cannonball) into Social Media advertising? Invest in yourself by investing in a marketing provider that knows how important your social media presence is.
3. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
SEO is the foundation for digital marketing and must be a fundamental piece of your marketing strategy. There are two types of SEO – technical SEO and content SEO – and executing on both can mean the difference between driving visitors to your website and getting buried alive in Google search results.
If you lack the time and skill needed to produce the content or the knowledge needed to make it visible to search engines, hiring a skilled marketing company could be exactly what you need to rank above your competition.
4. Create a Dealership Blog
Blogs are a rich source of content that increase organic traffic opportunities by directing people searching for unique keywords to your website. Regularly updated blogs can dramatically improve your SEO ranking.
While car dealer websites perform well in a narrower keyword group (with keywords focused around inventory, service, and specials), for blogs the possibilities are endless. Upcoming events, service promotions, informational pieces, etc. can all be communicated through blog posts. It’s also a great way to engage with your customers, which leads us into:
5. Post. Engage. Respond.
Drive return traffic and increase customer retention by posting relevant, tailored content to your social media platforms and website. If a customer leaves a review about your dealership, try responding to their comment with more than just “thanks for the review.” We recommend using the 3 C’s method:
You can’t afford to let your digital reputation fall to the wayside. If you don’t have the time to invest in your online reputation yourself, hire someone who does.
It’s time to dust off your website and get rid of those tumbleweeds. Doing these five simple things is an effective way to boost traffic, customer retention, and keep the crickets at bay for good.
About the Author
Jay’s successful career in the automotive industry led him to Reynolds and Reynolds in 2013 as the Manager of XtreamService. He is currently the Director of Product Planning for Naked Lime, the dealership marketing division of the company, building digital marketing services that deliver results for dealers.