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16-Jul

16 Jul The Subprime Boom & How it Affects Dealers

This growing market segment represents a huge opportunity you shouldn’t ignore. Right now, the auto industry is in the middle of a boom, and a big part of this boom is being powered by the subprime market. The subprime segment of the auto finance industry is growing rapidly thanks to the easing of lending guidelines. Lenders have extended finance terms, lending allowances, and the credit profiles they are willing to lend on, all of which has combined to help this part of the industry surge to represent about 30 percent of the auto finance market. Given there is over $900 billion in...

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13-Jul

13 Jul Google Maps Gets a Cross-Device Upgrade

Google announced via Google+ today that users can now send locations directly from Google Maps on their desktop to their iPhone or Android device. All they have to do is be signed in on both devices, and when they look up a map location, a “Send to Device” option will appear. The map location will be sent to the mobile device as a push notification. What does this mean for businesses in general, and dealers specifically? It means that it’s a great time to make sure your business listings on sites like Google Maps are correct, and that users can find...

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07-Jul

07 Jul U.S. Postal Service Tries Its Hand at Digital

If it becomes widespread, Real Mail Notification could mean a big win for multi-channel marketers. While the U.S. Postal Service may not be known for its innovation, the new service that it’s introducing in select markets this year might surprise you. It’s called Real Mail Notification (RMN), and it’s bringing traditional mail into the digital world. The service offers subscribers an email preview of what awaits them in their mailbox each morning at 8 a.m., and gives direct marketers interactive options they’ve never had before where mail was concerned. They have the ability to direct RMN subscribers to visit a website or landing...

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29-Jun

29 Jun Google Takes Steps to Reduce Accidental Ad Clicks on Mobile

It’s now more difficult to click an ad-- and that’s better for dealers. Have you ever accidentally tapped on an ad on your smartphone, launching an advertiser’s website that you didn’t intend to visit? Even with the larger screen real estate offered by devices like the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s an easy mistake for anyone to make. For smartphone users, that erroneous click merely results in a few seconds of inconvenience. For an advertiser, however, those clicks can cost money. That’s why Google is doing something about it. The company recently announced three changes to mobile ads that will help reduce these accidental types...

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17-Jun

17 Jun Winning the Phone App Derby with the Micro-Moment

Written by Lee Dalton I love sports. Well, let me rephrase that-- I love to watch sports. I don’t love to play them. I’m not a huge fan of games, either, but if you are like me and are one of the 65% of all Americans who own a smartphone, there’s one little game we play every day. This “game” is highly competitive, and there is quite a bit at stake for the winners. I like to call it the Phone App Derby. As a smartphone user you may not realize it, but when you take a look at your phone, there’s a...

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15 Jun Just How Fast Is Mobile Video Ad Spending Growing?

Hint: it’s leading the pack when it comes to digital ads. Digital advertising as a whole is growing fast, but no segment of it is growing at a speedier pace than mobile video advertising. A new eMarketer report found that it’s the fastest-growing digital ad format, and is set to grow more than 70 percent during 2015. The $2.62 billion it’s expected to hit will be more than a third of the $7.77 billion total that U.S. marketers are estimated to spend on digital video advertising this year. It should come as no surprise that mobile video advertising is on the rise-- we...

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04 Jun 4 Marketing Lessons Dealers Can Learn from Baseball

On Saturday, Force Marketing held its fourth annual Atlanta Braves tailgate outing for team members and their families. More than 150 people attended, decked out in customized t-shirts, to share food and drinks before taking in a game in which the Atlanta Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates. The warmer months are synonymous with baseball in America, but it’s not just sports fans who can benefit from the season. Here are a few lessons that dealers and automotive marketers can learn from America’s pastime: Each day is a new opportunity to win. Baseball season certainly seems to last a long time. Unlike sports like football, your favorite...

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03 Jun New USPS Postage Price Increase & How It Impacts Dealers

The change in postage price went into effect on May 31, 2015. The Postal Service has done it again-- a number of postage price increases went into effect on Sunday, May 31. If you use direct mail to drive customers to your dealership, then this is important for you to know. While the price changes won’t affect most consumers, as the price of standard stamps hasn’t changed, it will have an impact on all businesses that use bulk mailing. As of now, the largest increase that might affect you is First-Class automated pre-sorted mail. If you choose to send a letter or...

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29 May Facebook Creates “Call Now” Button for News Feed Ads

Now social media users can call your dealership with a simple click of a button Does your dealership utilize Facebook News Feed ads to connect with consumers? Those ads have just gotten a bit of an upgrade that might make them even more effective. In October, Facebook launched a “local awareness” initiative aimed at improving the value of its News Feed ads for companies in their local communities. The addition of the new “Call Now” mobile button is part of that initiative. When mobile users see your dealership’s ads in their News Feed, they also see a small “Call Now” button. Once pressed,...

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22 May The Top Takeaways from Digital Summit Atlanta

The Force team attended to learn more about the digital strategies that can help dealers succeed. Digital Summit Atlanta took place last week, and several Force Marketing team members attended the conference.   Held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, it brought together experts and thought leaders throughout the digital community to speak on hot topics and trends affecting businesses today. Speaking sessions included an opening keynote from Charlene Li, as well as executives from Coca-Cola, LinkedIn, CNN, Twitter and more. Here are a few takeaways the Force Marketing team brought back from the Summit: When in doubt, turn to science. A session called “Best...

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