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16 Feb Five Takeaways from the CBT Automotive Conference & Expo

Last week was the first annual CBT Automotive Conference & Expo, and the event was a huge success. Dealers, auto experts, vendors and other industry professionals from throughout North America gathered at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center, right in the heart of downtown Atlanta, for three days of learning, sharing strategies and networking. The Force Marketing team came out in full force (pardon the pun). Three top executives (Kate Andra, Cody Tomczyk, and Eric Mercado) presented in educational sessions, and our CEO and President, John Fitzpatrick, participated in an engaging marketing panel and even had the opportunity to interview Nick Saban...

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29 Jan Survey Says: Marketers Plan to Increase Email Budgets in 2016

Growth is a key part of marketing-- you want to see sales growth, and to do so, sometimes you need to see budget growth, too. A recent study, the Selligent and StrongView 2016 Marketing Trends Survey, highlighted the areas of marketing that are set to see the most growth this year. The top marketing channel that respondents said they’d add budget to in 2016? Email marketing. Sixty percent of those surveyed planned to increase their email budget this year. They reported that their top three initiatives in terms of email were increasing subscriber engagement, improving segmentation and targeting, and improving data...

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18 Jan New Study Explores the Future of Mobile Auto Shopping

Establishing that many of today’s car-shoppers rely heavily on their mobile devices is one thing. Knowing what to do with that information is another. Facebook recently commissioned a study from Ipsos Media CT about shoppers that conduct most of their research using devices like smartphones and tablets-- what they refer to as “mobile-first” shoppers-- to shine some light on the future of car-shopping. In a previous study, they’d found that these mobile-first shoppers made up 27 percent of people in the U.S. (and comprised an even larger proportion in certain demographics, like Millennials). The new study explored how these shoppers interact with...

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07 Jan The Numbers Are In: U.S. Auto Sales Hit a Record High in 2015

All the experts predicted that 2015 would be a good year for the auto industry, and it turned out they were right– U.S. light-vehicle sales hit an all-time high of 17.47 million units sold during 2015. The year-over-year sales increase totaled 5.7 percent, and 2015 marked the sixth year in a row that U.S. auto sales rose. Prior to December, these sales numbers were on track to set the record, but an especially strong showing during the last year of the month made it happen. December sales increased an impressive 8.9 percent year-over-year. So why were sales so high in 2015? Research...

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07 Jan A Year in the Life of Force Marketing

2015 is coming to a close, and 2016 is almost upon us! That means it’s time to reflect on the year that’s ending, and that’s something we’re all doing here at Force Marketing. In the spirit of the New Year’s season, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from a great year here at Force: December 22, 2014: Moved into brand new headquarters in Buckhead Okay– this technically happened in 2014, but in January, we were still adjusting to our new digs! The new officecomprises the entire 4th floor of the Piedmont Court building on Piedmont Rd., and was designed...

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