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WEBINAR RECORDING - What Matters to Millennials in 2019

WEBINAR RECORDING - What Matters to Millennials in 2019

  For Millennials, there are many forces combining to complicate the car shopping process: an explosion of information sources, their overwhelm…

Google Ads Conversion Tools

Google Ads Conversion Tools

In this video blog, Jim shows that there's more than one way to get on board the conversion train in Google Ads. …

Why So Many Options If You Don't Pay Attention to The Source?

Why So Many Options If You Don't Pay Attention to The Source?

Is there a lot of thought that goes into deciding which call to actions to offer on the VDP’s? Or is it a constant free for all, or worse an aftertho…

3 Reasons Why Loyalty to Technology is Greater than Loyalty to Cars

3 Reasons Why Loyalty to Technology is Greater than Loyalty to Cars

Despite efforts to chase down loyalty in the automotive industry -  the path to a repeat purchase is an even tougher feat. Here are three reasons why …

Dispel Fears About the Auto Industry with Your Recruiting

Dispel Fears About the Auto Industry with Your Recruiting

If you were to ask most sales managers what customers don’t like about the automotive industry when shopping for a vehicle? They usually say, “…

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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