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DrivingSales Vendor Ratings Awards Survey Still Open to Auto Dealers: Closes Dec. 31st

Survey for verified dealership personnel only; participants eligible to win MacBook Air - available at http://www.drivingsales.com/surveys/vr/customer-management; Dealer Satisfaction Awards to be presented at NADA 2012

Salt Lake City, UT -- December 14, 2011 -- There is still time for auto dealers across the country to participate in DrivingSales’s Vendor Ratings Dealer Satisfaction Survey which helps determine the winners of the 2011 DrivingSales Vendor Ratings Awards to be presented in Las Vegas at the 2012 NADA Convention and Expo. The survey has been deployed to thousands of dealerships nationwide, and dealers have until December 31, 2011 to submit their ratings. The survey is open to verified auto dealership personnel only and can be found at http://www.drivingsales.com/surveys/vr/customer-management.

“We urge dealers across the country to participate in the survey to help their peers make the important decisions about where best to spend their digital marketing dollars in 2012,” said DrivingSales Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton. “We think this is so important that we are offering participating dealers the opportunity to win a MacBook Air or a $100 Amazon cash card.”

The DrivingSales Vendor Ratings Awards measure dealer satisfaction with services provided by vendors in 2011 in over two dozen categories, including CRM, New Car Leads, Used Car Advertising, Accessories Sales, Chat Products, Websites, SEO, Social Media, and many more. Vendors who achieve the highest dealer satisfaction rankings will receive awards.

“More and more vendors and service providers are entering the market with innovative and highly effective tools and services to help auto dealers succeed. We believe the best of the best deserve recognition,” continued Hamilton. “Our Vendor Ratings Awards have become a coveted accolade for vendors within the auto industry, and the peer-to-peer information and feedback on vendors, services, and tools stimulated by our survey makes for an invaluable dealer resource -- and it can only be found at DrivingSales.com.”

The Vendor Ratings Awards will be based on cumulative ratings at DrivingSales.com (as of December 31st, 2011), as well as the results of the Vendor Ratings survey which is open to all of (and only) the nation’s nearly 18,000 dealerships. All those who take the survey or submit a vendor rating are required to provide valid contact information so that DrivingSales can verify that the reviewers are actual dealership employees; however, the identity of the survey-takers remains anonymous to the public. The survey is currently deployed on DrivingSales.com at http://www.drivingsales.com/surveys/vr/customer-management. Now through December 31st, qualified dealers who submit a vendor rating will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card. At the close of the Vendor Ratings survey on December 31st, one lucky winner will be picked to receive a MacBook Air. Full contest rules and details are available online now at http://drivingsales.com/rate/contest.

DrivingSales Vendor Ratings Award winners will be showcased in the Q1 2012 issue of the DrivingSales Dealership Innovation Guide which, in addition to being distributed at the NADA Convention and Expo, is delivered to every new car dealership nationwide, as well as to the top 100 used car dealerships.

To participate in the DrivingSales Vendor Ratings survey, please visit: http://www.drivingsales.com/surveys/vr/customer-management. U.S. new or used car dealership personnel are eligible, and all contact information will be verified.

More information about the DrivingSales Vendor Ratings Awards and DrivingSales Dealership Innovation Guide can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/drivingsales, or by visiting http://bit.ly/sV7216.

About DrivingSales Vendor Ratings

DrivingSales Vendor Ratings at is the industry’s only neutral, comprehensive vendor rating forum featuring real-time peer reviews and honest competitor comparisons “searchable by category, company or rating” and is one of the most popular features of DrivingSales.com. Dealers are asked to rate their vendors on a 1-5 star scale, including whether they would recommend the vendor product to colleagues, and why they would or would not recommend the product.

About DrivingSales.com

DrivingSales is the auto industry's fastest-growing, most influential trade media property focused on delivering actionable profit-building information and business intelligence to auto retailers and industry professionals. Approximately, one in every four dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.

DrivingSales' information network includes flagship property DrivingSales.com (http://www.drivingsales.com), the world's largest car dealer social network; DrivingSalesTV (http://www.drivingsalestv.com), an interactive web channel which helps car dealers and auto professionals keep tabs on their industry and emerging technologies 24/7; DrivingSales University, an on-demand training platform where dealerships learn the latest web strategies from top e-commerce experts; DrivingSales Executive Summit (DSES) the industry's leading conference where progressive dealers collaborate and learn from world renowned experts, and DrivingSales Dealership Innovation Guide, a quarterly free publication featuring case studies of the industry's most innovative dealerships, solutions and best practices.

DrivingSales encourages innovation and excellence in the industry with its annual Dealer Satisfaction and Innovation Cup Awards, whose winners are determined solely by the dealer community. Founded by Jared Hamilton, a third generation car dealer, DrivingSales won a “Top 25 Under Five” award from the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF), was named a 2011 Fast 50 “Emerging Eight” company by Utah Business magazine, and received an Interactive Media Award (IMA) in 2011 for Outstanding Achievement in the ‘Automobile’ website category. Additionally, DrivingSales was named one of ten social media gambits for 2009 by Automotive News and one of the Top 10 Companies to Watch in 2010 by Auto Success Magazine.

DrivingSales Media Relations:
Melanie Webber [melanie@mwebbcom.com], mWEBB Communications, 424.603.4340
Angela Jacobson [angela@mwebbcom.com], mWEBB Communications, 714.454.8776

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