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Click-to-Call [Infographic]

Click-to-Call [Infographic]

  Most dealers understand the importance of making it easy for customers and prospects to find contact information. Websites often have prominent &…

Quick Tips for Improving Dealership Culture

Quick Tips for Improving Dealership Culture

Car dealers have a terrible reputation. It's such a negative experience for so many that people are electing to make a major purchase like a vehicle fr…

The Biggest Mistake Dealers Make When It Comes to Customer Retention

The Biggest Mistake Dealers Make When It Comes to Customer Retention

Jim Roche is the Divisional VP of Marketing & Managed Services at Xtime. We asked him to tell us the biggest mistake he sees dealers making today when …

Is 2018 the Year of Customer Convenience?

Is 2018 the Year of Customer Convenience?

It seems that every year has a theme attached to it in terms of where dealerships’ focus will be. Which themes or buzzwords will dominate 2018? We…

Upcoming Webinar: Show with Your Showroom, Sell with Your Website

Upcoming Webinar: Show with Your Showroom, Sell with Your Website

Today's customers walk into your showroom better-informed than ever before. Because they've done their research ahead of time, 89% walk into t…

Using Tumblr for Marketing: The Basics (plus advanced training coming Wednesday)

TumblrIn the competitive world of automotive internet marketing, it's hard sometimes to know what's really working and what's a waste of time. Too often, dealers and their vendors are led down a path to some new form of "marketing gold" that will help their search and/or social gain an upperhand on the competition. It's for this reason that I've avoided pushing too hard about Tumblr.

After using it for 3 years internally here at TK Carsites, I'm finally confident that it has 3 attributes that are important for anything that we are willing to recommend:

  • - It's got to have sticking power. Despite ups and downs, Tumblr has emerged as a real player in social media and shows no signs of slowing in the future.
  • - It has to be relatively easy. One of the reasons we don't recommend that dealers should build a unique class-C IP-driven, relevant-content-based blog network is because it is hard. It requires manpower, dedication, and several hours a week for a long time just to get it to the bottom level of automotive marketing tools. It works, but it's a huge investment for an individual dealer or even a large dealer group. Tumblr, on the other hand, is easy.
  • - It has to work. There are pros and cons to using Tumblr, but the site has gotten to the point that, done right, it can bring much more value than many of the other things dealers spend time on today.

Wednesday, we'll be doing our first Tumblr-centric webinar called "Tumblr: The Most Powerful Automotive Marketing Tool (that nobody's using right)". It's from 9am-10am Pacific. If you're serious about your marketing, I recommend attending.

In the meantime, here's a video I did that highlights the basics of Tumblr.

 

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