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The secret of effective Japanese human resource management

The secret of effective Japanese human resource management

Human resource management is critical to the success of your business. And it seems that Japanese businesses understand the importance of this most. Be…

5 Ways to Create Employee Engagement at Your Dealership

5 Ways to Create Employee Engagement at Your Dealership

Research shows what you already know: engaged employees are more productive, more loyal, and more profitable. The folks at TINYPulse performed an in-dep…

Organic Listings are More Effective Than Paid Ads

Organic Listings are More Effective Than Paid Ads

  Being in the organic listings doesn't cost you anything. They receive 10 times the traffic that paid advertising does.  It…

Two Things to Consider When Hiring A Candidate for Your BDC

Two Things to Consider When Hiring A Candidate for Your BDC

It is one thing to have a clearly defined job description, and another to actually execute that role. Namely, what is that role, and how does it work withi…

Aim for the Right Service Customers with Data

Aim for the Right Service Customers with Data

The service department at dealerships is mostly passive, not actively seeking out new clients. No one’s going to turn down new customers, but activel…

Speed Matters – Consumer Website or Dealer Website Google Ads

Annual announcements are nothing new for Google. If nothing else, Google rolls out new marketing elements, metrics and key performance indicators on a daily basis. If any company knows change, it’s Google. The Google algorithm changes approximately 500 to 600 times a year.

As SEO and SEM experts know, you have to test your assumptions when changes occur and redevelop strategies accordingly.

Historically, Google’s changes have involved three key concepts:

   *more relevance for today’s consumer

   *more clean-up of spammy activities

   *more money in Google’s pocket – aka financial changes

Late last year, Google made a change to Google Ads whereby the Ad Rank Score now calculates the speed of the target page and categorizes the user experience. It affects your online presence, your cost-per-click, and impacts cost since page speed is now a major ranking factor for mobile searches.

For stores that have deep linked VDP URL search campaigns—and who doesn’t? —for used cars, you should be wary of internet service providers that encourage you to take 49 photos of used cars. The corresponding impact of how quickly those pages load is key, and the more photos that exist on a single VDP can absolutely affect site speed.

Additionally, are you looking at page speed on a desktop with a Wi-Fi network? 70% of your website’s pages are visited through a mobile device. Slow-loading pages are like an invisible force field around your dealership ironically keeping customers out while driving your costs up.

The good news and bad news of it all is that your Ad Rank is recalculated each time your ad is eligible to appear. It’s a real-time, online auction.   Whether or not it’s ADESA, Barrett Jackson or Google, each car that runs down the lane will have bids that are affected by your competition, by the context of the consumer’s search, by the speed of your website’s pages, and by the relevance of those pages at that moment.

Keeping track of your mobile page score affects your advertising budget. Your Quality Score and loading speed on mobile devices make up your Ad Rank—a key to success in today’s retail automotive environment.

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