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Tips for Selling More Small Cars at Your Dealership

Tips for Selling More Small Cars at Your Dealership

If you own a car dealership, you might have found that a lot of people who come in are looking for trucks, sports utility vehicles and roomy sedans. Ev…

Stocking & Pricing Inventory: Interview With Brian Finkelmeyer

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Brian Finkelmeyer, Direct of Business Development at vAuto, discusses the dos and don'ts of pricing and stocking inventory. …

How to Engage "Ready to Buy" Shoppers

How to Engage "Ready to Buy" Shoppers

The stakes are high: sales are slipping, your competition is stiff, and today’s shoppers are the most savvy yet. But there’s good news – there are a…

Upcoming Webinar: Use Your Showroom to Show, Not Sell

Upcoming Webinar: Use Your Showroom to Show, Not Sell

Ecommerce is on the rise, and today's customers walk into your showroom better-informed than ever before. 9 out of 10 customers are more likely to…

Interview with Shannon Crane: Building a Successful BDC

Interview with Shannon Crane: Building a Successful BDC

When Shannon Crane, founder of BDC PowerConsulting, started out as a BDC Manager at a local dealership, she was “as green as it gets.” Not only…

Finding People in Your Industry to Follow on Social is as Easy as Spying on Competitors

Arnold's Circles

The difference between cheating and playing smart is often a very thin line. In social media, the line gets a little thicker.

This is an exercise that I wish I had time to perform more often. There’s probably a proper name for it somewhere in the social media blogosphere, but I simply call it “Profile Peeking”. When you work in a niche the way that 90% of my time is spent in the automotive industry, you have to connect with the right people. Networking at events, referrals, LinkedIn – all of these are valid methods of expanding your network. However, they can be slow and I don’t like to wait, so I often peek in on my competitors social media profiles to find more people with whom to connect.

This is very effective on the three majors right now – Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ – but it can be applied to almost all other social networks. I’ve used it on Pinterest a few times. The bottom line is this – check other people in your industry. Look at who they are following. Find people that you should be following and that you hope will follow you back. Interact with them when possible (if their privacy settings are conducive to it). Then, check out who they are following.

It’s a path that can engulf you for a time, but it’s well worth it. In the game of network expansion, it’s often easier to find than it is to be found. Until you get to the point that you’re a known entity in your industry, being aggressive and reaching out to influencers is the fastest path to an improved network. With a bigger network comes more reach. With more reach comes more business. It’s pretty simple.

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