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24-Aug

24 Aug Women in Automotive: Top Takeaways from the Conference

Several Force Marketing associates attended this first annual event. What’s it like to be a woman working in the automotive industry? 55 percent of the Force Marketing team knows firsthand. Recently, several members of that 55 percent attended the first annual Women in Automotive conference, held in Orlando August 18-20 to address topics that affect women working in what is traditionally looked at as a male-oriented industry. Force Marketing proudly sponsored the conference, which drew more than 300 attendees from all over the country. The conference brought speakers from all aspects of the automotive industry-- dealers and dealership salespeople, automotive vendors, automakers and more....

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17 Aug Google Says Mobile-Only Sites Are a Go for SEO

The search engine giant further emphasizes the importance of mobile-friendliness. Having a mobile-friendly website is important for SEO– in fact, Google has reported before that not being optimized for mobile can hurt a site’s organic rankings on mobile devices. Some have questioned, though, if the inverse is true– if a dealership or other business only has a mobile-first site, eschewing a desktop-first site entirely, will that hurt their organic rankings on desktop? Google’s John Mueller recently weighed in on this question during a Webmaster Office Hours Hangout session, and provided the answer: no, only having a mobile site won’t hurt your rankings, as...

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10 Aug Integrated Marketing Remains a Mystery to Many Other Marketers

One study illustrates the ways that Force Marketing is consistently ahead of the game when it comes to creating successful multi-channel campaigns. Integrated marketing, or multi-channel marketing, is something that’s so integral to Force Marketing that it’s easy to forget that not every marketing company feels the same way. A new study by Hotwire PR surveyed 300 senior marketing decision makers reminds us of the truth– most marketers simply aren’t doing what we’re doing. The survey found that 46 percent of the respondents have campaigns that run in isolation from each other, and 30 percent stated that their campaigns simply weren’t designed for...

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28 Jul John Fitzpatrick Interviewed on Sales Influencers Radio Talk Show

The show streamed live on the Buckhead Business Radio Network Tuesday at 3 p.m., but you’ll be able to listen shortly on the network's website. John Fitzpatrick, Force Marketing’s CEO and President, was recently interviewed on the Sales Influencer Radio Show, a live radio show focused on prominent people making an impact on the sales world. On it, host Jeff Sheehan spoke with Fitzpatrick about Force Marketing’s history and future, the role of the sales team within the growing company, the importance of measurable success and many other topics related to the sales and marketing realm. Fitzpatrick and Sheehan were joined...

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20-Jul

20 Jul Facebook Redefines the Meaning of Cost-Per-Click

Another change is on the horizon for dealers who advertise with Facebook, one that could make measuring the ROI of your efforts easier than ever. The social media giant announced recently that it is changing the way that Cost-per-Click (CPC) is measured on Facebook. Now, CPC will only include clicks to websites and apps, and will no longer include likes, shares and comments. So why is this an improvement for those who advertise on Facebook? If you’re a dealer who takes advantage of Facebook’s advertising offerings, you’re likely interested in driving traffic to your website. While post likes, comments and shares are great...

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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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