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Salt Lake City, UT – November 27, 2012 – Eligible and verified reviews and ratings that determine the 2012 DrivingSales Dealer Satisfaction Awards will close on December 31st, DrivingSales announced today. The Company encourages dealers who have not yet rated their vendors at DrivingSales Vendor Ratings to do so before the year closes. DrivingSales Vendor Ratings represent the auto industry’s only system that enables dealerships to assess their technology providers in a neutral and verified framework. Widely followed by the industry, Vendor Ratings help dealers make the best vendor spending choices for their businesses - adding up to billions of investment dollar decisions each year - and form the basis of the annual Dealer Satisfaction Awards presented in over 13 vendor categories. This year’s Dealer Satisfaction Awards will be presented in Orlando in February at the 2013 NADA Convention and Expo. Ratings are anonymous, but verified: only auto dealership personnel may submit ratings and reviews at www.drivingsales.com/ratings.
“DrivingSales was founded to make sure that dealerships are at the beginning, not the end, of the information ‘food chain’, and Vendor Ratings is one of the most important mechanisms in our industry for doing just that,” said DrivingSales Founder and CEO Jared Hamilton. “We provide a completely neutral platform and verification, and dealers do the rest, anonymously rating and reviewing their vendors to make sure their peers have the honest, real-time, real-world info they need to make smart decisions. The Dealer Satisfaction Awards are a logical extension of this, highlighting the vendors whose innovation and integrity are raising the level of our industry. We ask that those dealers who have not yet made their voice heard on their service providers go to www.drivingsales.com/ratings and share their insights with their peers.”
The DrivingSales Vendor Ratings system enables dealers to rate and review their vendors in a comprehensive, real-time vendor directory comprising over two dozen categories including CRM, New Car Leads, Used Car Advertising, Accessories Sales, Chat Products, Websites, SEO, Social Media Solutions, and many more. To date, over 7,000 verified ratings have been submitted on over 800 vendors.
Every single rating is accurate, trustworthy and verified as coming from an actual dealership employee. The ratings provide dealerships with information from actual customers who have hands-on experience using vendor products / solutions in their stores. Each reviewer must answer three questions to complete their rating: How many stars does the solution deserve? Would you recommend the solution to a friend? Why would or wouldn't you recommend the solution? In each product category the vendor solutions are ranked in real time as each new verified dealer rating is submitted. The verified ratings and reviews, along with the job title of the reviewer, are posted live to DrivingSales.com for all to reference.
The Dealer Satisfaction Awards are based on cumulative ratings at DrivingSales.com, as of December 31st, 2012. All those who 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. Winners are announced, and trophies are presented to each award recipient at a special ceremony to be held in February at The Peabody Hotel Orlando during NADA 2013. For more information about the DrivingSales Dealership Satisfaction Awards, please visit: http://dealersatisfactionawards.com/.
Award winners will also be showcased in the Q1 2013 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. For more information on the Dealership Innovation Guide, please visit: http://drivingsalesinnovationguide.com/.
To participate in the DrivingSales Vendor Ratings survey, please visit: http://www.drivingsales.com/ratings. Only U.S. new or used car dealership personnel are eligible, and all contact information will be verified.
Founded in 2008 and dedicated to the dealer community, DrivingSales is a business intelligence and performance improvement company that delivers unbiased*, profit-building information to make automobile dealers more successful through three distinct channels: DrivingSales Data, DrivingSales University and DrivingSales Media. DrivingSales Data houses the largest database of cross-vendor, dealership performance data in the North American auto industry and provides dealerships with the most statistically accurate performance benchmarks and metrics for their marketing and technology investments. DrivingSales University is a fully interactive online university that offers advanced profit-building strategies to automotive professionals through hundreds of classes taught by world-leading experts. DrivingSales Media connects dealers to peers and information through its global media assets, including DrivingSales.com, the world’s largest automotive social network; The Dealership Innovation Guide, an industry leading quarterly publication; DrivingSales Executive Summit, the top automotive conference for progressive dealers, and DrivingSalesTV, Web TV covering everything car-dealer related. Approximately one in every three dealerships in the United States has a registered member in the DrivingSales community.
*Vendor Neutral Policy: Dedicated solely to making dealerships more profitable, while also providing benefit to automakers and the industry as a whole, DrivingSales adheres to a strict vendor neutral policy through each of its channels. This means the company only provides unbiased information, not ‘pay-to-play’ follow up services -- and never accepts payment in exchange for media coverage or lets potential advertisers dictate messaging or create bias in any of its channels.
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