February 13, 2014
Quick Reads: Six in 60

corvette-sinkhole 1. Sinkhole Swallows at Corvettes at Kentucky Museum

Sink­hole caused part of the Corvette Museum in Bowl­ing Green, KY, to col­lapse Wednes­day – tak­ing eight cars down with it.

Six of those eight cars were owned by the museum, and the other two were on loan from GM.


Las Vegas Review Journal
ford-fiesta-21best 2. U.S. News Chooses 21 Best Cars for the Money

U.S. News & set out to cre­ate a list of critically-acclaimed vehi­cles that are both well-equipped and a great value amongst all the 2014 models.

Foreign-owned mod­els rep­re­sented 13 of the 21 vehi­cles on the list.


The Detroit Bureau
aluminum-f150 3. Thanks to New F-150, a Run on Aluminum

Ford’s new aluminum-body F-150 has caused a frenzy among com­pet­i­tive OEMs, who are ink­ing deals with alu­minum suppliers.

Since the eas­i­est way to improve fuel econ­omy is by reduc­ing weight, alu­minum is likely to be in high demand. And, in the short term, there’s not enough alu­minum to go around.



VIDEO: Do Anything on a Mobile Deviced

Remar­keters are able to look at his­tor­i­cal data, scan VIN num­bers, and much more whether in the office, out on the road, or at auctions.

VIDEO: How OneCommand Helps Dealers
  OneCommand CEO Jeff Hart

Jeff Hart talks about how his company’s prod­ucts help deal­ers drive more rev­enue through ser­vice repairs, and through sales.

VIDEO: Popular Super Bowl Ad
  Maserati’s Super Bowl Ad: Ghibli — Strike

Walk out of the shad­ows, qui­etly walk out of the dark — and strike. Maserati’s much-touted spot from the 2014 Super Bowl.

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Toyota Motor Corp. Prius Vehicle Images As The Company Recalls Most Priuses Ever Sold to Fix Software Flaw 4. Toyota Recalls 1.9M Prius Cars for Software Glitch

Toy­ota is recall­ing 1.9 mil­lion hybrid Prius cars glob­ally for a soft­ware glitch that could cause the vehi­cle to stall.

Toy­ota Motor Corp. said that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North Amer­ica, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a prob­lem in the soft­ware to con­trol the hybrid system.


jdp 5. 4-Cylinder Engines Lead to Dependability Drop in 3-Year-Old Vehicles

A ris­ing num­ber of smaller, more pow­er­ful but trou­ble­some four-cylinder engines led to the first decline in vehi­cle depend­abil­ity in 15 years, accord­ing to J.D. Power & Asso­ciates’ U.S. Vehi­cle Depend­abil­ity Study.

J.D. Power mea­sures over­all vehi­cle depend­abil­ity by deter­min­ing the num­ber of prob­lems cus­tomers expe­ri­ence per 100 vehi­cles dur­ing the first three years of ownership.


tesla 6. Ohio Moves to Block Tesla’s Direct Sales Model – Again

Ohio law­mak­ers are mak­ing a fresh attempt to out­law Tesla Motors’ retail model — company-owned deal­er­ships — after an unsuc­cess­ful try in December.

The pro­posal, Sen­ate Bill 260, was intro­duced at the request of the Ohio Auto­mo­bile Deal­ers Asso­ci­a­tion, whose mem­bers see Tesla as a threat to a sys­tem in which nearly all deal­er­ships are inde­pen­dently owned franchises.


Doing It Right  

Deal­ers under­stand the power of social media mar­ket­ing. How­ever, they are unsure about where their cus­tomers and prospects are spend­ing their time, what to say to their social com­mu­ni­ties, and how to best man­age the for­ever grow­ing and evolv­ing world of social media.

Together, OneCom­mand and Wild­fire by Google, one of the world’s largest social media mar­ket­ing soft­ware providers, have brought to mar­ket Social Roots, a turn-key social media solu­tion that mon­i­tors, engages, and grows a dealership’s social com­mu­ni­ties through proven, results-driven methods.

“Through count­less hours of social media mar­ket­ing research and our part­ner­ship with Wild­fire by Google, we saw the need for Social Roots. This solu­tion pro­vides deal­ers with the answers to these ques­tions, along with the advan­tages of real-time social mon­i­tor­ing, and an under­stand­ing of what moti­vates their social fol­low­ers to act with and engage with their brand,” com­ments Jeff Hart, Pres­i­dent and CEO of OneCom­mand.

Social Roots is a OneCom­mand Traf­fi­cAc­cel­er­a­tor solu­tion which allows deal­er­ships to engage and grow a new seg­ment of cus­tomers and prospects, their social com­mu­ni­ties. These solu­tions drive traf­fic and rev­enue by address­ing impor­tant deal­er­ship opportunities.

Learn more about this new partnership.


Build a Better Dealership

best-practicesAuto Dealer Internet Best Practice Tips

The auto­mo­tive Inter­net mar­ket­place con­tin­ues to grow by leaps and bounds on a yearly basis.

Auto­by­tel was the orig­i­nal inno­va­tor of Inter­net auto leads.

Over the years, Auto­by­tel  has con­tin­ued to pro­duce cutting-edge prod­ucts and ser­vices to help your car deal­er­ship turn leads into sales.

Fol­low these Inter­net best prac­tice tips:

• Respond to all pur­chase requests with 30 min­utes (dur­ing work­ing hours)

• Send pro­fes­sional look­ing emails that pro­vide a pos­i­tive impression

• Send the price quote email before call­ing for an appointment

• Ask ques­tions in an email to open the inven­tory selec­tion and find the customer’s hot buttons

More …

Smart Thinking - Pass It On  

By now you may be aware that One Com­mand and Higher Gear have merged. This com­ing together of two lead­ing com­pa­nies with branded ser­vices for deal­ers is really timely to meet the chal­lenges of a rapidly chang­ing auto­mo­tive industry.

OneCom­mand is one of the CRM lead­ers, if not the lead­ing Cus­tomer Mar­ket­ing and Loy­alty Automa­tion Plat­form for auto deal­ers. The Higher Gear Group is a lead­ing provider of cus­tomer rela­tion­ship man­age­ment (CRM) soft­ware and ser­vices to the auto­mo­tive industry.

The part­ner­ship between OneCom­mand and The Higher Gear Group posi­tions them for accel­er­ated suc­cess in the auto­mo­tive mar­ket. Over the years, OneCom­mand and The Higher Gear Group have both been known for cre­at­ing tools for auto­mo­tive deal­er­ships to enhance rela­tion­ships with cus­tomers, improve work­flow, and gen­er­ate addi­tional revenue.

You can con­nect with either com­pany and get thor­oughly briefed on just how this new combo of expert CRM com­pa­nies can make your sales & ser­vice teams more effec­tive, pro­duc­tive, and profit enhancers.  Just go to either www.onecommand.com or www.highergear.com.

Get more details on the merger here.

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