We’ve stood on a soapbox before about social media in relation to car dealers, and we also believe that online marketing is often missed out on in car dealer circles, but don’t get the wrong idea. We’re not telling car dealer owners that they shouldn’t be using traditional marketing as well, just that they need to broaden their marketing scopes, or fall behind other dealers who are willing to take the risk and learn about this new online strategy that’s exploding into marketing.
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Automotive TV ad spend in the U.S. in 1st half 2016 3.2bn USD Largest automotive TV advertisers in the U.S. in 1st half 2016 Ford Motors Super Bowl automobile manufacturer ad spend in 2017 70.7mn USD Fiat Chrysler Automobiles radio ad spend in the U.S. in 2016 76.9mn USD
(6) Leverage the media and traditional press: While much is new about the Tesla Model S and the accompanying sales and marketing model, one thing is not: the dependence on traditional media. Tesla has been a master at driving press coverage, reviews, and awards for its cars. It’s clear that the company has worked hard to position the brand with the media and to make sure the right messages come through. The company’s #1 message is that they are trying to build the best car ever made and not just the best electric car. This message is frequently repeated by the press.
It seems like every article about dealership marketing ideas have the same vague and boring lists. Email marketing. Responsive websites. Social media. These are all well and good, but they aren’t new ideas, they’re the standard (or what should be the We’ve gotten sick of seeing page after page of the same old, so we put together seven absolutely brilliant and different home-run car dealership marketing ideas. Not every dealership can accomplish all these ideas, but any dealership can be inspired by them.
Don’t try to be on every social media site online. Instead, focus on distributing quality content on a few of the most popular sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. If your social media pages are stagnant, visitors will think your auto business is lazy or doesn’t care about its customers. An automated marketing solution can help you keep your pages current, without you having to manually update it all the time. Create posts and tweets in advance and schedule them to post over time so you are consistently promoting yourself as a reliable car dealer online.
The one-two punch: If the salesperson can get you to make an offer, the salesperson may bring in the sales manager or another sales person to join in the discussion. Watch out because they are probably thinking that you are sold and want to push the price up or close the deal by going two on one. They may seem nice but they are increasing pressure. Insist on only talking to the person you started with. Stay in control of the situation.
Local car dealerships often target consumers within a specific radius surrounding their location, assuming that their best customers are those that are nearby. Radial determination can be misleading, however, because the demographics of the consumers living in a particular location can vary greatly even in a small area. For example, young people in urban areas or low-income families are not likely to purchase a luxury car, although they may live within the radius a Lexus dealership.
On Monday July 15th, Honda launched a social media campaign using the short-form video application Vine as a way to reach people expressing their frustrations with their current car. They noticed a lot of people in social media share their daily vehicle problems, which could open up an engaging opportunity to help promote Honda’s Summer Clearance Event.
In the face of all these changes, manufacturers have not been idle. Most have stepped up their efforts to improve their distribution systems. Almost every manufacturer has made some effort to restructure its network, improve the consumer experience or experiment with new formats. The Ford Motor Company, for instance, has been enlisting dealer support in several metropolitan markets in the United States and Britain to sell out or pool their interests in new ventures that will feature multi-line showrooms; centralized body and repair shops, and distributed quick-service maintenance facilities. Sweden’s Volvo AB is taking a more radical approach: It is testing factory-direct sales over the Internet in Belgium.
Quentin launched marketing company OnQ Marketing in February 2010 after 8 years experience in marketing and public relations. OnQ now works with clients in Melbourne and Geelong. Quentin’s OnQ Marketing Blog seeks to provide a resource for similar businesses. A strong passion for search, social media and mobile marketing, is evident in Quentin’s blog posts and also his tweets @onqmarketing.