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Brian Pasch from PCG recently released a report explaining and showing what to look for in Google Analytics for Bot Traffic, and yet some dealerships are still wasting their money on what appears to be fraudulent traffic. Link to Brian’s report:  http://www.dropbox.com/s/jkfc8uy1t8vt7i0/PCG-Conquest-Email-Marketing-Report.pdf?dl=1 I have been analyzing Google Analytics for a few years now. In that period of time I have noticed that there is no other companies which brings more web traffic to a site than Google. There have been many companies that claim that they come close but never reach that goal, until now. An associate of mine Mark Morin...

 Yesterday I published a post and offered dealers a free Google Analytics review.  This dealer reached out within a few minutes of my post. He was concerned about the quality of the traffic coming to his site from his new conquest email provider. Here are the red flags I found: 1. An insane amount of traffic over just a couple of weeks. Any traffic source ranking higher than Google should send a major red flag to anyone.  But 6 times the amount of google traffic...

As with all marketing, dealerships are forced to wait for Buyers to contact them.  They advertise on TV, Radio, Bill Boards, Internet and more. This is like throwing darts at the wall and hope that more stick than fall to the floor. This is time and money consumed and not knowing the actual results. Suppose there was a way to actually have the list of Opt-In Buyers that are coming off a lease or in their buying cycle in your hand. With this opportunity you would actually same time and money, because you would be contacting buyers directly instead of waiting...

Take your head out of the clouds. How can any company guarantee a specific amount of car sales? Let’s be realistic, that is not truly possible. There are too many factors that prove this wrong (The salesperson has a bad day, weather, lack of inventory, the customer cannot get financed) just name a few. There are companies that do guarantee sales. I have found that these companies suppress everyone who is in the dealerships database from their list of what they call prospects or potential buyers. These companies will then take claim to every sale from there on. That is absolutely absurd....

Recently there has been so much chatter around the automotive industry about the effectiveness of email marketing.  There are dozens of email vendors and even more agencies reselling those same products as a white label offering.  I’ve seen companies guaranteeing X number of sales per month, huge increases in traffic, and while all this sounds amazing, the fact is – most of the results they claim are either not incremental or smoke and mirrors; looking at your data and finding tenuous matches at best, which they try to take credit for.  Quick Story: Most email vendors request dealer’s sales data each month to...

Your DMS is one place to look, but not the ONLY place! New vehicle sales national growth is predicted to level off in the near future (we are seeing it as EARLY is May 2016!).  This means that the natural growth that dealerships have enjoyed over the last 5 or 6 years will also fade.  This begs the question – how can I continue my store’s sales growth amid a cooling market? The answer is conquest!  Buyers who’ve NEVER purchased at your dealership before, and maybe haven’t even looked at your BRAND in the past. As ALL manufacturers step up their games –...

Brian Pasch discusses telltale signs of abnormal traffic in Conquest Email Marketing. He calls them "Red Flags", I call them the "Fake 5". Below are the 5 factors to look for to determine for yourself if you consider them Fake Traffic. Percentage of Out of Market Visitors – If the majority of visits to the dealership’s website were outside of the dealership’s primary market area (PMA), it is characterized as abnormal traffic. Percentage of Desktop to Mobile Devices – If the percentage of visits to the dealership’s website from desktop devices is higher than 90%, it is characterized as abnormal...

Would you pay $16,000.00 a month for 20 leads? According to Daniel Kim, founder of Orbee he discovered a dealership in California doing just that. The dealership was using a company for their email marketing which Daniel did not mention the name. According to Google Analytics the dealership received 6 Thousand hits to their website from the email company they were using. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? After Orbee reviewed the data for the dealership they discovered that out of the 6 Thousand hits they received, 4 Thousand of those hits were from BOT Traffic. When the smoke finally cleared...

I had an interesting conversation with a client today regarding attribution of sales in regards to marketing efforts. We all know dealerships want to attribute sales to a marketing effort in order to determine a return on their marketing investment. I do feel based on KPI's and sales reports dealers can get an idea of whether or not a marketing campaign is providing a "healthy," return, or if it simply is not working for them. My definition of ROI is simple, as I learned studying Finance in college, divide your net profit by your net assets, and you have your return....

It seems as of late the term"retargeting," has been a major buzz word in automotive digital marketing. GM's, E-commerce directors and BDC managers, love the concept of only sending an advertisement to customers who have already engaged with the dealership on some level, whether they visited their website, or opened an email they received earlier. While the concept may seem sexy, audience marketing is more valuable in my opinion. For example, at my company, CityTwist, we buy a list of automotive shoppers, within a dealerships PMA from R.L. Polk. We then target that list with 3 digital media, emails, banner/display ads, and...