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Shetterly's Three Laws of... Social Media

1) Be socialWherever two or more of your customers are gathered, so should your dealership be there also (to paraphrase), and that applies to social media.  And, if you're not there personally yourself, too, get on Facebook NOW--having a business page and not being on Facebook yourself is like buying a newspaper ad when you can't read.

2) Start smart socialLaunch your social media business pages, etc. with a plan, or don't do it at all.  If you can't monitor it, don't have it; if you can't add interesting content on a good schedule, don't start it.

3) Keep it socialYour Mom wouldn't care to see your inventory stapled to her walls--at her house OR on her Facebook news feed--so don't think your customers will like that on Facebook, either.  They'd all like, however, to hear about your customer's new truck that trailered their boat to a great lake trip.  Act otherwise and your page will be ignored by your customers--and you won't even know it.

(from the dealership series "Shetterly's Three Laws of...")
 
 
By Keith Shetterly, keithshetterly@gmail.com
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Bryan Armstrong
Some of the Social strategies we have employed have been to create events sponsoring local community interests. We ran "Help out a Scout" giving away scout-o-rama tix and "Teacher appreciation month" where people could name a school to donate $100 with every car purchased to the school of their choice and teachers received 2% over invoice on new cars. Checks were delivered with local media coverage touting the event page. In my opinion a FB page should be informational only and no "pitching" should be done. New fans come from the people who like what we do. Sales and referrals are handled with messages rather than posts to keep a clean look. People feel safer and tend to be more interactive with this strategy.
Keith Shetterly
Very cool comment, Bryan. Those are great ideas. Thanks!

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