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Jim Flint

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Rock’s Rants: You Need Dispatch

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Whenever I visit dealerships, I often see technicians standing around at the parts counter or waiting to talk with service advisors. This is a waste of you…

Automation, Speed, and Your Dealership Marketing

Automation, Speed, and Your Dealership Marketing

I recently sat down and chatted with AutoLeadStar CEO Aharon Horwitz and discussed how technology is improving the speed in which dealers can make…

4 Sales Lessons from Real Car Shoppers

4 Sales Lessons from Real Car Shoppers

I’ve worked with auto dealerships across the country and 99% of the time, when I ask what their primary goal is, the answer is increasing car sales. …

WEBINAR RECORDING - How To Generate More Qualified Leads in Q4

WEBINAR RECORDING - How To Generate More Qualified Leads in Q4

  Car shoppers have a lot of questions and dealerships need to be available to answer them quickly, concisely and at scale to maximize sales. 8…

This is How Reed-Lallier Chevy Sold More Used Cars – and How We Helped

This is How Reed-Lallier Chevy Sold More Used Cars – and How We Helped

Used or Certified? More often than not that seems to be the choice car buyers are making during this unsteady sales year. Consider: Edmunds expects new veh…

5 Google Trends for the Second Half of 2019

Before we speak to 20/20 vision, let’s discuss 5 Google Trends for 2019 that have implications for Advertisers, Consumers and Dealers alike.

1.Assisted Experiences

Immersive technologies are starting to integrate. TV’s, OTT, thermostats, fridges and Fit Bits-- work in synch to deliver interesting data points for advertisers like Google. To think most of this intelligence is connected via your Phone—the certain center of the marketing universe is not only scary- it’s exciting.

 

2.Machine Learning

Humans are still needed, but the iterations and intelligence machine learning provides is remarkably FAST!  We are well past computers that play Chess and now into facial and voice recognition technologies. The detection of diseases is starting to play in this space as algorithms identify common patterns. The same of course holds true for purchasing patterns. There aren’t perfect predictors to speak of, but the iterations will come faster and faster than ever before.

 

3. Personal Digitization--broad demos and after the click issues

Relevance matters.

If the advertisement doesn’t connect after the click, then we have issues—most notably lower relevance and subsequently higher costs. The experts in advertising understand just how important the after the click experience is for prospective buyers. Building pages that pay off for the consumer will pay off for the advertising agency and their clients.

 

4.More video than ever before

YouTube continues to deliver better solutions for Video and OTT for advertisers.

People are taking to telling stories via video. While Google may not lead in this space--YouTube (a Google company), SnapChat, Facebook Stories and Instagram TV continue to cater to consumers and play smartly. 

All of these elements are coming into play for consumers to use the ubiquity of their smartphones to share their lives at unprecedented levels. How will advertisers and businesses capitalize?

 

5.Voice Recognition

Did we mention your phone is with you all the time? Moreover, did you know your phone is listening? Google Home, Alexa and the like are, of course, also listening. These elements will work to serve us with better, more meaningful Ads at just the right time. 

Ready for Voice Search Bidding anyone?

Kelly Kleinman

Voice search bidding is going to be very interesting to say the least. Not sure we've figured out all of the ramifications of that yet.

 

Eric Miltsch

Smart thinking Jim. Marketing automation will also continue to take over more of the dealer's processes. 

Jim Flint

You're absolutely right Kelly, voice search biding will be quite interesting. We may not know all that it entails yet but we may be able to predict a few things. Check out this video where I provide dealers with some tips on how to keep up with Google's algorithm changes.

Jim Flint

Thank you, Eric.

Stay tuned, I will be exploring the concept of Marketing Automation soon!

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