October 7, 2013
Need to Know

toyota2_logo22 September Sales Reflect Toyota’s Continued Growth

Despite any reports to the con­trary, Toy­ota Motor Sales U.S.A. con­tin­ues to post high sales num­bers, and the Toy­ota Camry is still the best-selling car in America.

Get the full pic­ture as Toy­ota records sales-per-day increases for Sep­tem­ber. [More]

PR Newswire
nactoy_awards22 NACTOY Candidates Feature a Host of GM Vehicles

It’s not too early to begin lin­ing up con­tenders for the 2014 North Amer­i­can Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) awards, and Gen­eral Motors vehi­cles fig­ure prominently.

Find out more about the short list of con­tenders as we move closer to deci­sion time. [More]

Detroit Free Press
dunne_tim22 Flux and Shift Surrounds Global Auto Industry

The global auto indus­try is in flux with dra­matic changes and growth in emerg­ing markets—especially in the Asia-Pacific region, accord­ing to a white paper deliv­ered by J.D. Power’s Tim Dunne.

Find out more about the insights offered in a white paper by this J.D. Power expert. [More]

J.D. Power blog
TODAY: Reaping the Rewards of Cheap Cars; Capturing More Web Traffic; Auto Lending Today; More 
Video news that moves people and ideas

What is a Valid Lead?

The pri­mary fric­tion point of a sales lead and the dealer sales team is the process of get­ting the prospect on the phone.

coats-jeff-aug2013 What is a Valid Lead?
JEFF COATS President and CEO, Autobytel
leavitt-howard-niada-2013 Cost Per Up and Good Money Bets
HOWARD LEAVITT President, AutoRaptor CRM
parker-scott Where Do You Want to Take Your Business in 5 Years?
SCOTT PARKER Director of BDC Sales, DealerTrack
VIDEO: Reputation is Mission-Critical
  Show Off Your Good Reputation

Deal­ers can make a great impres­sion on cur­rent and poten­tial buy­ers by deliv­er­ing good ser­vice, and show­ing off their good deeds…

Click here to watch video
VIDEO: Understanding Millennials
  Millennials’ Buying Habits Shaped by Today’s Events

Deal­ers need to under­stand mil­len­ni­als, and to reach them where they are. Smart use of social media is a good place to start.

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Dealer Pain Points

Cash Cash Flow Killers

While it’s true that Cash is King, the King’s life is always in mor­tal dan­ger at auto deal­er­ships. Every depart­ment has assas­sins in the form of prac­tices, processes and pro­ce­dures that are cash flow killers.

As every dealer knows, a bal­ance sheet show­ing a profit doesn’t mean you have cash in the bank.

Click here to learn more.

service technician Revenue Booster: How “Free” Adds Up!

More and more peo­ple are keep­ing their vehi­cles for longer peri­ods and, more than ever, need their cars kept in good run­ning order.

The fact is many deal­ers don’t need more cus­tomers in the ser­vice department—they need to more fully ser­vice their exist­ing cus­tomers’ vehicles.

Click here to learn more.

Paint Booth Are You Ready for New Paint Booth Rules?

Between six and eight thou­sand deal­ers have body shops. The new rules issued by the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency gov­ern the equip­ment being used and the employ­ees using it.

The rules are intended to pro­tect the envi­ron­ment, body shop employ­ees and the peo­ple in the sur­round­ing community.

Click here to learn more.

Doing It Right  

The Sit­u­a­tion for deal­ers: The ‘cheap’ in cheap cars doesn’t mean cheaply made. The days of stereo­typ­ing small, inex­pen­sive cars as any­thing but eco­nom­i­cal trans­porta­tion have changed.

Is your sales team up to date on the “cheap cars” and how to present them to the buy­ers with low budgets?

The experts at Auto­by­tel have named their top picks for the most affordably-priced, high qual­ity cars offer­ing buy­ers great fea­tures, design, per­for­mance and reliability.

“The com­pacts and sub­com­pacts on our list don’t always get the atten­tion they deserve.  They’re well-built, reli­able and afford­able to own, with stan­dard fea­tures you don’t expect.  These aren’t top picks for first-time car buy­ers only—they’re excel­lent choices for any­one look­ing to buy a great qual­ity vehi­cle at the best price,”  said Michelle Naranjo, editor-in-chief of Autobytel.

Know the top five picks for great qual­ity cars with the cheap­est price as selected by Auto­by­tel.

Behind the Numbers  

“Grow your local busi­ness today with Twit­ter Ads” – That’s the sub­ject line of an email Twit­ter has been send­ing out lately explain­ing how Twit­ter Ads can drive sales to your local busi­ness. Not long ago, Twit­ter was con­sid­ered a fun place to post 140 char­ac­ter mes­sages to friends – but more recently its’ become an essen­tial mar­ket­ing chan­nel for retail­ers, up there with Facebook.

Deal­ers are learn­ing a lot more about mobile phone apps tied into Face­book – and now Twit­ter is see­ing a lot of growth in inter­est from retail­ers using their Twit­ter Ads.

Twit­ter is fol­low­ing Facebook’s path by launch­ing an ini­tial pub­lic offer­ing some­time soon that could sub­stan­tially increase its mar­ket value.

Read all about what Twit­ter has been doing to grow its busi­ness through the adver­tis­ing side – and what ana­lysts are think­ing about the company’s likely mar­ket value.

Build a Better Dealership

Facebook TV adsHave You Considered Converting TV Ad Spend Over to Social Media?

For deal­ers and automak­ers plan­ning their TV adver­tis­ing spend for Q4 and into 2014, it may start drift­ing away from local TV and cable stations.

Face­book is test­ing videos that play auto­mat­i­cally on web­sites and on mobile devices.

The 1.15 billion-member social net­work wants to set up an attrac­tive venue for lucra­tive, television-like video ads.

The videos will be silent when they appear in a Face­book user’s news­feed, but expand and play the audio when clicked.

TV ads on social media will poten­tially become a major avenue for reach­ing con­sumers who’ve left tra­di­tional media – the chal­lenge will be engag­ing them and not turn­ing them off alto­gether from Face­book and other social media sites.

Check out what’s hap­pen­ing with major social media sites break­ing into the huge TV adver­tis­ing space.…

financeAutomotive Financing Being Relied on Now More Than Ever Before

New vehi­cle financ­ing is at the high­est level since track­ing began in 2006. A record 84.5 per­cent of con­sumers who acquired a new vehi­cle in the sec­ond quar­ter obtained either a loan or a lease to fund the purchase.

“Loans have become more acces­si­ble in recent years, and we’ve seen a steady growth in the per­cent­age of con­sumers financ­ing their vehi­cles,” said Melinda Zabrit­ski, senior direc­tor of auto­mo­tive credit for Exper­ian Auto­mo­tive. 

Find­ings from the lat­est Exper­ian Auto­mo­tive State of the Auto­mo­tive Finance Mar­ket report include:

• Of all new vehi­cles financed, leases accounted for an all-time high of 27.64 per­cent dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter, up from 24.4 per­cent in Q2 2012.

• The dif­fer­ences in financ­ing attrib­utes, such as aver­age monthly pay­ment, credit score and financ­ing term. For exam­ple, the aver­age monthly lease pay­ment was $408, com­pared with $457 on a new vehi­cle loan.

• Non­prime, sub­prime and deep-subprime new vehi­cle loans increased to 27.45 per­cent mar­ket share in Q2 2013, up from 25.41 per­cent in Q2 2012.

• For used vehi­cles, non­prime, sub­prime and deep-subprime loans accounted for 57.31 per­cent mar­ket share in Q2 2013, up from 56.46 per­cent in Q2 2012.

Learn more about the Exper­ian Auto­mo­tive 2013 Q2 findings.

Smart Thinking - Pass It On  

The Sit­u­a­tion:

Auto­by­tel has invested $2.5 mil­lion in cash to help build, launch and grow AutoWeb, Inc.’s pay-per-click (PPC), auction-driven auto­mo­tive adver­tis­ing mar­ket­place – cre­at­ing sub­stan­tial oppor­tu­ni­ties for Auto­by­tel cus­tomers in cost-effective cus­tomer refer­ral and mar­ket­ing programs.

“We believe our invest­ment in AutoWeb will not only cre­ate sub­stan­tial oppor­tu­ni­ties to deliver seri­ous car buy­ers to our cus­tomers and a per­son­al­ized online expe­ri­ence to con­sumers, but will also increase mon­e­ti­za­tion of our web­site traf­fic,” says Jef­frey Coats, Pres­i­dent and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of Auto­by­tel.

Make Sure Your Deal­er­ship in On Board for 2014 Launch

Autobytel’s strate­gic invest­ment in newly-formed AutoWeb, Inc. posi­tions the com­pany to cap­ture a larger share of online auto­mo­tive rev­enue. Drill down fur­ther to dis­cover how this will ben­e­fit auto­mo­tive adver­tis­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and their dealers.

Automotive Lending Today  

At Issue:

Even the most inno­v­a­tive vehi­cle on the planet can’t make an impres­sion if its man­u­fac­turer can’t get it to con­sumers. That was the chal­lenge fac­ing the man­u­fac­turer of a cutting-edge elec­tric car and its captive-financing divi­sion: How to con­vince local deal­ers to stock, pro­mote and invest in ser­vices for the new vehicle.

Is there a happy end­ing to the elec­tric car challenge?

Advanced analy­sis from Equifax IXI Ser­vices offered the impe­tus behind this company’s mar­ket­ing effi­ciency. Drill down fur­ther to find out how this suc­cess story unfolded and what your deal­er­ship can gain from a cost-effective tai­lored mar­ket­ing strategy.

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