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Case Study Shows Auto Dealers Turning to DrivingSales.com to Grow their Business

difaopixSalt Lake City, Utah - September 21st, 2009 - DrivingSales (www.drivingsales.com), the auto industry's leading social media platform and largest online community, recently released a case study (available at www.drivingsales.com/casestudy) which reveals how this neutral, open social platform has become a significant and important tool in helping dealers, vendors, technology providers and automakers survive one of the worst years in the industry's history. One such dealer who has thrived in the wake of the recession using DrivingSales.com is Andrew DiFeo, General Manager of Hyundai of St. Augustine in Florida. DiFeo is a daily visitor to the DrivingSales.com where he has learned trade secrets from the highest performing dealers in the country. For example, as a result of practices learned on DrivingSales, DiFeo implemented a super-successful consumer review platform for his dealership, and put Internet and SEO strategies in place, which increased web traffic by 40%. "Because of things we've learned at DrivingSales' blogs and forums, we've nearly doubled our monthly sales...and are having one of our best months, when the industry is experiencing one of its worst," says DiFeo. Many auto dealers, industry influencers and professionals are sitting up and taking notice. DrivingSales.com has grown its member base an average of 30% a month since launching nationally in June 2008 and has quickly established itself as the most read, fully-collaborative and participatory automotive trade media property. According to DrivingSales Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton, "Dealers by the thousands are using the most progressive media technologies to band together, collaborate to solve problems and find success despite the tremendous uphill climb they are facing. The growth of DrivingSales speaks volumes about the resilience of our industry and the unique power of social technologies." Until just over a year ago, the auto and dealer industries lacked a true B2B social media platform and user-generated vendor/technology rating system, and DrivingSales.com has filled that void. And, due to the site's rapid adoption, extensive feedback from the network, and the company's ongoing investment in R&D, DrivingSales recently launched an enhanced new technology platform. The only automotive social media solution specifically built to meet the needs of automotive professionals, DrivingSales' completely redesigned, proprietary architecture was built entirely from the ground up, unlike most social media sites that run on, and recycle, plug-in apps. http://pitch.pe/20650. The DrivingSales automotive social media case study underscores the direct impact the social network is having on its diverse user-constituents, whether dealerships, vendors and technology providers, or industry consultants and experts. To read more about the achievements of Andrew DiFeo and Hyundai of St. Augustine in Florida, and other dealer and industry success stories, access the DrivingSales Social Media Case study at www.drivingsales.com/casestudy About DrivingSales DrivingSales.com (www.drivingsales.com) is the largest and premier online community for the auto industry, where its thousands of members, including dealers, dealership managers, manufacturers, industry experts and vendors, collaborate and share best practices in a 20-group style setting. At DrivingSales, members create profiles and communicate with each other; build their networks and knowledge base; share and rate proven strategies, and have access to relevant content contributed by fellow industry experts, including blogs, videos, interviews, a social news feed and more. Dealer members rate and review vendor products - sharing their experiences with the DrivingSales community - while vendors have the opportunity to provide feedback on reviews and showcase their products and services. DrivingSales was created and built from the ground up in 2003 by Jared Hamilton, a third generation auto dealer, as a private automotive business community to network his NADA Dealer Candidate Academy class. The site opened nationally in 2008 and is the auto industry's leading social media custom platform. Media Contact: Melanie Webber (Melanie@mwebbcom.com), mWEBB Communications, 949.307.1723

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