DrivingSales has been re engineered from the ground up to be faster, offer more features and help you easily find the profit building information you need to maximize your success. I wanted to offer a quick tour of the new features so you can get the most from your experience in the community. If you are not a member yet, join us by creating a profile here.
We have added filters (in the left column) so you can organize the steady flow of content by dealership department and action. For example, you can view best practices relating to "Growing Sales" in the "Used Car" department, "Cutting Costs" in "Fixed Operations" or an unlimited number of options. Simply click the departments and actions you wish to view.
Creating and sharing content is the foundation to social media and communities like DrivingSales. We have added a "Create Some Buzz" box in the top right corner of every page to allow for one click content sharing. Ask a question in the discussion forum, share a link to a good article you have read, upload a video and more, all from one location! We've made it easy for everyone to create content and make a name for themselves.
The new profiles are MUCH more dynamic and similar to what you see inside other social networks like Facebook. Your new profile allows you to update "what you are doing" in real time, have a custom "Activity" feed of content based on your "friends" best practice activity. In addition we have added:
- Info Tab: to keep your public resume information up to date. Only those you are connected with can view your contact info.
- Friends Tab: to see what best practices your friends are engaging in and to communicate directly with them.
- Endorsement Tab: for you to write and receive letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.
Just like sharing content, connecting with or "friending" associates, is at the foundation of your social network experience. Be sure to connect with those you know and invite others who have yet to join the community.
We have added new categories and made the process to rate and review your vendors much easier. The products listed are WIKI, so if you find a company or product missing, simply add its description and be the first to rate it. Remember, this feature is open for all edit the wiki pages, but only Dealership employees can rate and review vendors to keep the ratings fair and accurate for all vendors.
Thank you! The is lots of growth ahead, but we have come a long way!
While we just built this new platform from the ground up specifically to meet the needs of the auto industry community, don't think we are stopping here; this is just the tip of the ice burg. Development is already in the works for new features and to push what you see to the next level. Most of our current features were direct requests from members and going forward we will continue to seek your guidance to make sure we are delivering the best collaborative solution for the industry.
It's wild to see the community grow and evolve. I started DrivingSales back in 2003, long before social networking was a popular buzzword; and we just passed the 1 year mark since we opened up what was a private community to the entire auto industry. I would like to give a special "thank you" to all the loyal users who have contributed time, feedback and knowledge to make DrivingSales the resource that it is. We currently deliver best practices to tens of thousands of professionals in 6 countries around the world... not bad for a project that started as a class project at Dealer Academy!
We are looking for all the feedback we can get. Contact me directly, respond on the discussion board or just leave a comment here regarding your thoughts of the new release... talk to you all soon!