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Kerrigan Advisors Represents Honda of Hollywood in its Sale to Bakhtiari Auto Group

Kerrigan Advisors Represents Honda of Hollywood in its Sale to Bakhtiari Auto Group

Southern California landmark dealership changes ownership after 57 years     Irvine, CA, July 18, 2017 – Kerrigan Advisors, the leadi…

PERQ Expands into Canada

PERQ Expands into Canada

Interactive, personalized website experiences ramp up dealer conversions; Canadian dealer sees 31% lead to sale conversion rate in just one month on PERQ&r…

Kerrigan Advisors Expands Team: Names Mercedes Hendricks as Vice President

Kerrigan Advisors Expands Team: Names Mercedes Hendricks as Vice President

Hendricks brings over 15 years of auto dealership public accounting and financial consulting experience to the leading auto dealer buy/sell advisory firm …

Reviver Expands Leadership Team: Names Fabrice Barbier COO

Reviver Expands Leadership Team: Names Fabrice Barbier COO

  GoPro veteran brings decades of senior level expertise in consumer products strategy, design, R&D and engineering to his role at Reviver, cre…

AutoBuy Upends Traditional Auto Remarketing

AutoBuy Upends Traditional Auto Remarketing

AutoBuy Upends Traditional Auto Remarketing: Connects Dealers with Today’s Most In-Demand Used Vehicles AutoBuy positively disrupts auto remarketi…

Sweepstakes Incentivizes Consumers and Helps Auto Dealer’s Digital Marketing Stand Out

Sweepstakes Incentivizes Consumers and Helps Auto Dealer’s Digital Marketing Stand Out

PERQ’s $25,000 FATWIN Sweepstakes Incentivizes Consumers and Helps Auto Dealer’s Digital Marketing Stand Out Annual prize awarded to Sawgras…

Rising Dealership Real Estate Prices, Private Sector Spending Offset Slight Decline...

Rising Dealership Real Estate Prices, Private Sector Spending Offset Slight Decline...

Rising Dealership Real Estate Prices and Private Sector Spending Offset Slight Decline in Blue Sky Values, according to The Blue Sky Report® released b…

PERQ Adds Kelley Blue Book to Data Providers; Increases Trade-in Leads by 3x

PERQ Adds Kelley Blue Book to Data Providers; Increases Trade-in Leads by 3x

Addition of Kelley Blue Book’s trusted valuation data to FATWIN Web Engagement platform further increases engagement on trade-in tool   I…

Procon Analytics Launches Suite of Connected Car Telematics Products and Services

Procon Analytics Launches Suite of Connected Car Telematics Products and Services

Pioneering auto technology leader Brian Boling returns as CEO to  lead company’s international automotive IoT strategy   Irvine…

Reviver Appoints Allan Cooper as Chief Strategy Officer

Reviver Appoints Allan Cooper as Chief Strategy Officer

Cooper brings decades of auto retailing innovation to fast-growing tech company that created the first-ever digital license plate  San Francisco, C…

Buy/Sell Auto Dealership Activity Declined in 2016, but Record Activity Predicted for 2017

Buy/Sell Auto Dealership Activity Declined in 2016, but Record Activity Predicted for 2017

Sellers coming back into market, improved valuations, private buyer demand for large acquisitions, advantageous market fluctuations and ‘Trump Bump&r…

Decluttering Dealership Websites Increases Profit, Data Collection and Click-throughs

Decluttering Dealership Websites Increases Profit, Data Collection and Click-throughs

New PERQ consumer behavior data reveals key tips to clean up websites leading to 42% increase in CTRs, 15% profit lift, and a 5-fold increase in lead …

GUBAGOO CHATSMART RECEIVES DRIVINGSALES DEALER SATISFACTION AWARD

GUBAGOO CHATSMART RECEIVES DRIVINGSALES DEALER SATISFACTION AWARD

Gubagoo/ChatSmart presented with ‘Top Rated” award for Dealer Satisfaction in Chat Tools and Services Category   New Orleans, LA &n…

Gubagoo Launches Call RESQ: Industry-First Real-Time Access with 24/7 Coverage

Gubagoo Launches Call RESQ: Industry-First Real-Time Access with 24/7 Coverage

Gubagoo’s Call RESQ technology combines the best of TalkSmart’s 24/7 service with the industry-best RESQ innovation for monitoring and manageme…

NEW REPORT: Dealerships Say Mobile Devices Save Time, but Adoption Hampered by Resistance to Change

NEW REPORT: Dealerships Say Mobile Devices Save Time, but Adoption Hampered by Resistance to Change

eLEND Solutions Mobile Adoption Survey shows 60% of responding dealers are not considering using tablets in either their Sales or F&I departments.…

Gubagoo Announces Web RESQ 2.0: Advanced Video Chat Capability and Deeper Facebook Integration

Gubagoo Announces Web RESQ 2.0: Advanced Video Chat Capability and Deeper Facebook Integration

Gubagoo’s Web RESQ 2.0 is powerful new technology that enables advanced live or recorded video capability, as well as deeper Facebook integration for…

AutoID® Automates Online Lead Attribution

AutoID® Automates Online Lead Attribution

AutoID® Automates Online Lead Attribution, Providing Cross-Domain Mapping of Complete Customer Journey New, easy-to-implement analytics give dealers…

Nearly Half a Million Mishandled Phone Customers Recovered for Auto Dealers by CallSource in 2016

Nearly Half a Million Mishandled Phone Customers Recovered for Auto Dealers by CallSource in 2016

CallSource clients have increased call-to-appointment ratios by 20% YOY; effective lost call recapture, strong analytics and training driving increases …

Reviver, Creator of World’s First Digital License Plate, Secures Series A Funding

Reviver, Creator of World’s First Digital License Plate, Secures Series A Funding

Round Co-Led by WRV and ACK Group; BOD to include John W. Thompson, chairman of Microsoft, and Nicholas Brathwaite, Managing Partner of WRV   S…

New Data: Lag Time Between ‘Ready-to-Buy’ Consumers on Dealership Websites and Actual Purchase

New Data: Lag Time Between ‘Ready-to-Buy’ Consumers on Dealership Websites and Actual Purchase

New Data from PERQ Indicates Significant Lag Time Between ‘Ready-to-Buy’ Consumers on Dealership Websites and Actual Purchase Data analyzed …

PERQ Partners with AutoHook to Increase Website Conversion for Dealers

PERQ Partners with AutoHook to Increase Website Conversion for Dealers

This partnership includes the integration of PERQ’S high-engaging FATWIN platform with AutoHook’s high-converting incentive solutions and sales…

Kerrigan Advisors Represents Edmark Superstore in its Sale to Kendall Auto Group

Kerrigan Advisors Represents Edmark Superstore in its Sale to Kendall Auto Group

Edmark is one of the highest volume selling dealerships in Idaho for past three years   Irvine, CA, January 17, 2017 – Kerrigan Advisors, …

First-Ever Interactive Digital License Plate Debuts at Detroit Auto Show’s Automobili-D

First-Ever Interactive Digital License Plate Debuts at Detroit Auto Show’s Automobili-D

Reviver reinvents the 125-year-old metal plate as an Internet of Things, connected car platform; rPlate™ hits the road in California, Florida, Arizon…

Kerrigan Advisors Represents Ron Tonkin Dealerships in Sale to Gee Automotive Companies

Kerrigan Advisors Represents Ron Tonkin Dealerships in Sale to Gee Automotive Companies

Tonkin is the third Top 100 Dealership Group sold by Kerrigan Advisors in the last 12 months   Irvine, CA, December 19, 2016 – Kerrigan Ad…

Auto Retail Index Up 11.66% in Wake of Election

Auto Retail Index Up 11.66% in Wake of Election

Kerrigan Auto Retail Index indicates auto retail stocks reacting positively to Trump election, outperforming S&P by 240.9%   Irvine, CA, De…

Report: In-Dealership Transaction Times Improving, But Most Dealers Believe They Should Be Shorter

Report: In-Dealership Transaction Times Improving, But Most Dealers Believe They Should Be Shorter

Unengaged wait time in the dealership outpaced negotiation as the biggest consumer pain point in the car buying process, according to eLEND Solutions …

New Report: Dealership M&A Activity Declines in Third Quarter; 2017 Increases Likely

New Report: Dealership M&A Activity Declines in Third Quarter; 2017 Increases Likely

Dealership M&A Activity Declines in Third Quarter; 2017 Increases Likely, according to The Blue Sky Report™ released by Kerrigan Advisors Pace…

Gubagoo’s New RESQ App Generates a 300% Increase in Lead-to-Sale Conversion

Gubagoo’s New RESQ App Generates a 300% Increase in Lead-to-Sale Conversion

Gubagoo launches RESQ’s new industry-first technology to empower dealerships with complete access to, and insight on, potential and existing custom…

Gubagoo announces Facebook Messenger Integration for Automotive Dealerships

Gubagoo announces Facebook Messenger Integration for Automotive Dealerships

Gubagoo’s latest innovation enables Facebook users to chat with auto dealerships, using Facebook Messenger just like they chat with friends; unlocks …

Patent Awarded to CarStory Market Reports’ Technology

Patent Awarded to CarStory Market Reports’ Technology

New patent covers “demand/price driver” engine that powers pricing and features analysis found in CarStory Market Reports; data provides dealer…

Multi-Franchise Dealership Transactions Rise by 52% in First Half of 2016

Multi-Franchise Dealership Transactions Rise by 52% in First Half of 2016

Multi-Franchise Dealership Transactions Rise by 52% in First Half of 2016 according to The Blue Sky Report™ released by Kerrigan Advisors   …

CarStory Launches VDP Deep Linking

CarStory Launches VDP Deep Linking

CarStory Launches VDP Deep Linking: Delivers Low Funnel Traffic and High Engagement to VDPs During “Moment of Search” The CarStory Advertisi…

New Study: Dealership Purchase Transactions Reduced by 60 Minutes...

New Study: Dealership Purchase Transactions Reduced by 60 Minutes...

New Study: Dealership Purchase Transactions Reduced by 60 Minutes, Likelihood to Buy Increases 56% with New Process White Paper from eLEND Solutions wit…

Vast® Experts to Speak at Key Auto Industry Conferences

Vast® Experts to Speak at Key Auto Industry Conferences

Vast executives to share insights on how a shift in fundamental marketing strategies can lead to increased used vehicle sales for car dealers   …

CallSource Sponsors “Personal Development” Track at 2016 Women in Automotive Conference

CallSource Sponsors “Personal Development” Track at 2016 Women in Automotive Conference

Company founder and director, Carey Fried, to lead “Mindful & Emotional Intelligence for Leaders” workshop   Westlake Village, C…

Auto Industry Experiences Monumental Shifts in Public Auto Retail Valuations

Auto Industry Experiences Monumental Shifts in Public Auto Retail Valuations

The Blue Sky Report™ released by Kerrigan Advisors analyzes dealership buy/sell activity for Q1 2016; overall activity, including multi-dealersh…

The KAR Index™ Drops 9% in Two Weeks

The KAR Index™ Drops 9% in Two Weeks

Index from Kerrigan Advisors shows high inventory levels, gross margin compression, and weak sales forecasts depressing public auto retailer valuations …

CallSource Expands Management Team   

CallSource Expands Management Team   

Appointment of key marketing and sales execs, Robin Schweitzer and Bill Bauwens, adds 35+ years of sales and marketing expertise to leading call management…

Gubagoo ChatSmart Presented with DrivingSales Dealer Satisfaction Award

Gubagoo ChatSmart Presented with DrivingSales Dealer Satisfaction Award

Gubagoo ChatSmart received a “Top Rated” Award for Dealer Satisfaction in the Chat Products Category   West Palm Beach, FL – …

Study: Dealers must woo young service customers

Study: Dealers must woo young service customers

Service customers at auto dealerships are intensely loyal -- but are older and spend less than customers of independent shops and chains, according to a …

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