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08 Nov Force Marketing Invited to Google for America’s Next Top AdWords Champion Event

Force Marketing was recently invited to go for the gold at Google’s America’s Next Top AdWords Champion competition, held Nov. 6 and 7 in Mountain View. The exclusive invite-only event provided us with the opportunity to be recognized by Google for the hard work we do for our clients, and learn a lot in the process. Elijah Thao, Force Marketing’s Director of Digital Marketing, attended the event, along with PPC Manager Patrice Pavone-Franco. While the competition was fierce, it wasn’t the sole purpose of the event. It was designed to provide teams with tips on utilizing new Google UIs, products, and...

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Google Ann Arbor Automotive Summit Force Marketing

29 Jun Takeaways From the Google Automotive Partner Summit

Google recently held an Automotive Partner Summit at its offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and invited members of Force Marketing's leadership team to join in for a day packed full of informative presentations and panels. It was the first summit of its kind, and a select number of agencies and marketing companies were among the attendees. Below, find just a few of the insightful stats, facts, tips and trends that the Google team shared with the Force Marketing team in Ann Arbor: There are more than 20,300 automotive searches conducted on Google per minute. The average person checks their mobile phone 150 times per day. 70% of...

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Force Marketing Premier Google Partner

18 Jul Force Marketing: Now a Premier Google Partner

Force Marketing has long been a part of the prestigious Google Partners program, and recently, we earned the distinction of Premier Google Partner. We are proud to display the redesigned badge to signify our successful partnership. According to Google’s official AdWords blog, “The new badge is designed to recognize Partners who manage a substantial portfolio of Google advertising campaigns and deliver great results for their customers. Premier Partners will be required to maintain additional certification requirements and will receive increased support from Google.” At Force Marketing, we maintain a close relationship with Google, working with our Google Channel Sales representatives to host webinars...

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Fixed Ops Force Marketing

13 Jul Don’t Miss the Boat on Fixed Ops Marketing

It’s a $310 billion business in the U.S., and dealers are only benefiting from a small portion. We’re talking, of course, about fixed ops. According to NADA, dealerships only see about 27 percent of the country’s fixed ops business, with the rest going to independent mechanics, franchise mechanics and other companies. Since fixed ops likely accounts for a large portion of your net profits-- 54 percent on average-- it makes sense that you might want a bigger piece of that pie. But how can you take on these other companies and drive more fixed ops business to your dealership? If you’ve wondered...

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Force Marketing Mobile Marketing

07 Apr Google AdWords Debuts New Automotive Ad Formats

Last week, Google introduced a brand-new mobile ad format that should be of special interest to car dealers, called Model Automotive Ads. These ads are officially rolled out, and are available to all OEM automotive advertisers in the U.S. These new ads will display images of vehicles and additional details about those vehicles within mobile search results, so when shoppers search for a given vehicle, they’ll have a wealth of information right at their fingertips. This is a great way for Google to help connect auto shoppers with the vehicles they’re interested in, especially since about half of all automotive searches currently...

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23 Feb Google Removes Right-Hand-Side Ads from SERPs

When you look at a Google SERP this week, you might notice something a little different. That’s because starting at the end of last week, Google no longer showcases AdWords ads on the right side of its search result pages. On top of that, the number of ads at the top of the page may increase from three to four, depending on the search, according to Google. The right side of the page won’t always be empty-- Google says that Product Listing Ads and Knowledge Graph boxes will occupy it on certain queries. The change bridges the gap between the search...

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12 Oct Mobile Searches Top Desktop Searches Worldwide, Google Reports

Mobile isn’t just the future of search-- it’s also the present. Google recently announced that, for the first time ever, mobile searches officially outnumber desktop searches worldwide. Previously, mobile had outpaced desktop in terms of search across 10 different countries, but this is the first time that’s been the case when data from all countries was factored in. Desktop searches haven’t decreased to make room for mobile searches-- internet users are simply searching more frequently, and a larger percentage of those searches now happen on mobile devices. This is, in part, because users always have a device within reach. This is particularly...

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31 Aug Google Chrome to Pause Flash Ads Starting Sept. 1

Starting September 1, the popular Google Chrome browser will no longer support Flash ads-- or any Flash content that isn’t “central to the webpage” on a given site. The reason behind Google’s decision is that many consumers find Flash ads to be more of a nuisance than anything else-- these ads often autoplay and can slow down a browser, particularly when the consumer is on a mobile device, or even drain the battery of a laptop or device faster. By pausing these ads, users can determine whether they want an ad to play or not. Flash-based ads are also notorious for...

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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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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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