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My Dealership Story - Kristy Elliott

My Dealership Story - Kristy Elliott

Meet Kristy Elliott, the Dealer Operator at Sunshine Chevrolet and check out her dealership story. Learn how Kristy came from the non-profit world to …

Start With Why - David Mead at DrivingSales Presidents Club

Start With Why - David Mead at DrivingSales Presidents Club

DrivingSales was so excited to have David Mead as a keynote speaker during Presidents Club. David works at the Start With Why foundation with Simon Sinek, …

You Have a Position to Fill – Who Do You Hire?

You Have a Position to Fill – Who Do You Hire?

As much as you try to avoid employee churn, you’ll always need to hire someone. It might be to replace a staff who’s moved on in their care…

6 Tips for Better LinkedIn PPC Advertising

6 Tips for Better LinkedIn PPC Advertising

With a little over a year’s experience with LinkedIn Advertising and some insights from a connection at LinkedIn, I’ve put together a list of 6…

The 3 Laws of Extreme Ownership

The 3 Laws of Extreme Ownership

“These are all things that may help you justify your results. But is your dealer any happier because of this?” I just finished reading a…

The Future of Google Local?

Have you seen the new offering from Google for local search?  Unless you live in Austin, Portland, Madison or San Diego, chances are that you haven't.  Google's new “Beta” Local Directory Portals are a bit of a mix between their place pages and Yelp.  They let users look at all of the businesses in a city in one place (similar to Yelp’s model).

 

Here is a screenshot of Google Portland.

 

 

You can sort by category, and then drill down even further using the filters.  While there is no automotive category yet (the tool seems to lean a bit more towards tourists/visitors), it's another example of how important Google Places is now and will be in the future.

 

These local portals are pulling their results directly from Google Places listings, including the reviews.  In fact, one way to sort is by rating.  If your dealership doesn't have a lot of good, quality reviews, you may not appear above the fold.

 

If you haven't already, I can't stress enough how important it is to claim your listing and make sure it is as complete as possible.  This means photos, videos, categories, reviews, and information is completely filled out and accurate.

 

Google's Local Portals are just another example of how Google is relying more and more on the information in their Places, and why your auto dealership needs to have an accurate representation in the Places realm.  How do you think this new offering will impact the local auto dealer industry?

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