Chronicles of the Last Intern: Working at Strathcom Media

Working at Strathcom Media

Hi again! Its Josh Do, the last surviving intern. I was assigned a blog post to do for my last days at Strathcom Media and I’d like to thank Boris for this nomination (and for his excellent donair recommendations).

Over the last month, I was working on a video project for my school. The project required that I present the company and show some work that was related to my academic studies. Instead of going in with the boring traditional PowerPoint ordeal and reading off each slide, I decided to do a creative project as my presentation. This was also a great opportunity to work on my video and editing skills! I wanted to capture my experience at Strathcom as well as show what the company is all about. In this video, I give an awkward tour of the office environment, interview some amazing people from different departments, and reflect on my growth here at Strathcom Media.

I hope you enjoy watching this video as much as I did editing it! Thank you again to my Strathcom family for the amazing opportunity and experience.

Internalizing Our Internship: Strathcom’s Interns Tell Their Tale

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Being a grizzled veteran of the Strathcom circuit, having worked here for a grueling 8 months, my sour disposition perked up slightly when I heard we were offering a few summer internships. Perfect, I thought to myself. Some poor unwitting souls I could heap abuse upon, who I could haze mercilessly, and who I could send to Starbucks for overly-complicated drink orders only to berate them when they returned with a drink that wasn’t precisely what I wanted (“I said double sweetener but half-sweet!”). But by the end of July, when our summer interns said a teary farewell, we had all learned a valuable lesson. Well, the interns learned a number of them. I’d like to think I learned to not be such a jerk—but only time will tell. Anyway, why am I telling you all of this? Let’s hear it from the interns themselves.

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Supply, Demand, and The Bruising World of Online Advertising

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“If you spend 15 minutes studying business, you’ll have wasted 14 minutes. I’ll tell you everything you need to know: supply and demand.” – Chael Sonnen

I always take quotes from people who get punched in the head for a living with a grain of salt. Mike Tyson interviews were entertaining, but they were hardly TED talks. However, Chael Sonnen is a bit of a different quote machine. Not only is he a former UFC title contender and current multi weight-class veteran, he has also been a politician, actor, business owner, realtor, and even has a degree in sociology. Some of his more devoted fans are known to feature him in parodies of The Most Interesting Man In The World commercials, and he has leveraged his status as a record-setting MMA pay-per-view headliner into a book deal and successful podcast. Quite the LinkedIn page, right? It makes me feel a little better about quoting someone who gets punched in the head for a living. Continue reading “Supply, Demand, and The Bruising World of Online Advertising”

Strathcom Media: Driving Passion with Mazda Dealers

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As a Mazda dealership looking to build your online presence, you are most certainly looking for the same type of innovation and high-level performance that your vehicles bring to the table. The Mazda brand is built, and thrives, on a passion for both driving as well as the development of cutting edge technology — Mazda’s SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY being a prime example of this. When working with Strathcom Media, you will be partnering with a company that strives for these exact qualities and will not stop until we’ve helped your dealership reach its goals.

In its 20 years, Strathcom Media has become a leader in the online automotive advertising world, and the is the largest provider of online solutions for your dealership. We operate within the Canadian automotive industry, and our passionate team works vigorously to ensure that your dealership is at the forefront of the competition. By listening to, and collaborating with, your dealership and its specific needs, we are able to execute strategies to generate the most qualified leads and develop top-tier websites to get your dealership operating at its peak.

red mazda driving through mountainside

So why should your dealership choose Strathcom Media? For starters, our websites are compliant to the Mazda OEM standards. We are also highly competitive in the online advertising space, being a proud Google Premier Partner, as well as a Facebook preferred partner. Our partnership with these two online superpowers allow Strathcom to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to applications and updates, not to mention our early access to trial programs and beta testing — before the general public. We work alongside Google to stay on top of current trends and developments in the marketplace which gives us unique insight in improving our Google advertising accounts, and gives us a leg up on the competition.

At Strathcom Media we are dedicated to building responsive websites that are both user-friendly and engaging, with SEO-researched content that will help you rank higher than your competitors. Transparent monthly reporting and dedicated account managers mean you will be able to follow both the performance of your website as well as your online advertising accounts every step of the way.

Innovation and performance is what differentiates Mazda from its competition — so why not team up with Strathcom Media, a company that prides itself on those same tenets. Strathcom will put your dealership’s results and needs ahead of our own in an effort to help you reach your online marketing goals. So choose Strathcom, and we can help you share that driving passion with Canada.

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Trust Me, I’m an Expert!

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Web Designer (noun)

a person who plans, designs, creates, and often maintains websites.

By definition, the title of web designer seems simple. Someone who makes and maintains websites. However, it seems like even the most expert of designers spend much of their time trying to predict what a client wants instead of creating beautiful pieces of art. What caused this? Continue reading “Trust Me, I’m an Expert!”

Jaguar Land Rover Dealers Get A Website Makeover!

Jaguar Land Rover Dealers

 

Strathcom Media is ecstatic to be appointed as an online advertising partner for Jaguar Land Rover dealers across Canada. If you’re not familiar with Strathcom, we have been providing online solutions to dealerships across the country for over 20 years and are recognized as a leader in website design and digital advertising.

Continue reading “Jaguar Land Rover Dealers Get A Website Makeover!”

Ford’s D3 Digital Advertising Solution Adds Strathcom as an Approved Vendor!

Strathcom Media has been providing online services to dealerships across Canada for 20 years now and is recognized as a leader in digital advertising. Strathcom is a part of a number of OEM programs and has now been added to the D3 program’s Digital Advertising Solution (DAS) pillar for Ford and Lincoln Canada.

For the first time, Ford and Lincoln dealers will now have a choice between three providers for D3 DAS services. This will allow them to choose a service and DAS provider that is more in-tune to their unique needs and marketplace. From a vendor-partner standpoint, it also ensures that we’re all continually developing innovative solutions for our dealers to keep them ahead of the curve–or at least this is how the Strathcom team looks at it!

What Services do We Offer?

  • SEM
  • Display
  • Remarketing
  • Dynamic Inventory Remarketing
  • Cross-Device Remarketing
  • Hyper (re)targeting (programmatic)
  • Geo-Targeting
  • Mobile
  • Video
  • Facebook Ads
  • Carousel Ads
  • Lead Ads
  • Canvas Ads
  • CRM Matching
  • Look-a-Like Audiences
  • SEO and Personalized Vehicle Descriptions written by real people to help you rank

So Why did They Choose Strathcom?

  • Proven history of success for dealers
  • Premier Google Partner and Facebook Partner
  • Complete transparency on your advertising (‘view’ access to your AdWords account)
  • Full service provider
  • Focused exclusively on the Canadian auto industry

At Strathcom Media, we have the experience, the technology, and the team to provide all dealerships with a market-leading online advertising program like no other.

If you’re a Ford or Lincoln dealer and interested in learning more about these services, please reach out to us at fordd3@strathcom.com.

Automotive Conferences You Should Check Out in 2018

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Canadian International Auto Show

Toronto – February 16-25, 2018

AutoShow 2018 is excited present attendees with fast and furious opportunities and experience throughout this 10 day event! Continue reading “Automotive Conferences You Should Check Out in 2018”

Why WordPress is one of the most used CMS in the industry

At Strathcom, we often talk about our  custom-built WordPress platform. But what exactly is WordPress and why does using it matter?

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WordPress's story

First, let’s answer the question: “What is WordPress?” WordPress is a content management system built on PHP and MySQL. It originally started out as a blogging software to replace a discontinued platform. It was built by two developers: Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. In 2003, they launched the new WordPress platform that included a new templates and admin interface. Continue reading “Why WordPress is one of the most used CMS in the industry”

Are you ready to Go Further?

Technology and innovation are the cogs that keep the automotive industry wheel moving forward, and Ford is no stranger to this. The evolution of Ford is taking them down new roads with the possibility of “no driver required” by 2021 as they plan to have a fully autonomous vehicle in the market1.

If Ford is bringing this type of ingenuity and forward thinking to the brand, shouldn’t you as Ford Dealers be looking to do the same for your dealerships? The answer is: absolutely and unequivocally YES! Now, you might be asking yourself how you should go about and do this, well search no further, we’re here to help! Your website is often one of the first places a potential customer will search to learn about what you have to offer. They might have started off with a Google search to get there, or perhaps they came across your business page on Facebook and read some great reviews before making their way to your website. At the end of the day, they are coming to your site and you need to be providing the right experience for them. Continue reading “Are you ready to Go Further?”

3 Misconceptions About Ad Quality According to Google

In a recent edition of Google Best Practices they laid out the difference between auction-time quality and the 1-10 quality score. Regarding your quality score, here are 3 things that matter:

  1. The User’s Device
  2. Relevance
  3. Performance on Related Keywords

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I don’t think that there is anyone out there that can argue that these factors do not effect your quality score. But here are some factors that, contrary to some opinions, do not matter: Continue reading “3 Misconceptions About Ad Quality According to Google”

HeroConf 2017: Recap On 3 Days Of Non-Stop PPC

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From April 17th-20th, I had the opportunity to attend one of the largest gatherings of PPC nerds in North America: HeroConf 2017 hosted in Los Angeles.  This was my first PPC conference and I had no idea what to expect, but I couldn’t have felt more at home at the conference among other people who live and breathe PPC.

It was a busy week filled with learning, networking, and free drinks. Despite all the fun, I came home excited to share my new knowledge with the Strathcom team. Here are my key takeaways about what to expect in the world of PPC in the future.

 

It’s Time to Move on From Last Click Attribution

Attribution Modeling was one of the hottest topics discussed at HeroConf. Speakers from all industries agreed that it’s time to ditch the last click model, and focus on other touchpoints that lead to a conversion. However, there is no magical way of knowing which model is right for you. Speaker Jeff Greenfield of C3 Metrics discussed the importance of not waiting around for the perfect model, but to test and test again. The only way to prove the value of attribution models is to test until you become less wrong. Attribution modelling is extremely important in the automotive industry as we move away from the standard sales funnel, to a customer journey with multiple touchpoints. By ignoring the touchpoints a customer reaches today, we may never see them again for another 3 years.

Integrate Your Paid Social & Paid Search Strategies

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2017 Precious Metal Gala

It’s not difficult to enjoy an evening of fine foods and entertainment, especially when it’s paired with a range of the best vehicles on offer. The Edmonton Motor Show’s 2017 Precious Metal Gala combined these things into a truly enjoyable evening.

The Edmonton Motor Show Precious Metal Gala

The Precious Metal Gala featured the best vehicles available by various manufacturers all in one place.  We were excited to explore the offerings. Here are some of the sights and highlights from the 2017 Gala: Continue reading “2017 Precious Metal Gala”

CMS Update: Silent Salesman’s New Style

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Here at Strathcom, we are constantly working on new features and new ways to provide the best experience for our clients. Here are just a few things that we updated in the last week: Continue reading “CMS Update: Silent Salesman’s New Style”

Random Acts of Kindness

At Strathcom, we know the importance of giving back to our community. We know that there are things that we take for granted, and we know that sometimes it can be difficult to make the time and set aside the funds to give back. This is why Random Acts of Kindness was created. This year, every Strathcom Media employee was given $350 to give to the person or organization of their choice. Continue reading “Random Acts of Kindness”

Not Your Typical ‘Trust-Fall’ Kind of Company…

Some companies have corporate retreats where everyone falls into each other arms in order to build trust. At Strathcom, we believe there is no better way to strengthen trust within our team than to throw axes (at targets, of course!) Continue reading “Not Your Typical ‘Trust-Fall’ Kind of Company…”

Google Externship

Last week, Strathcom Media had the pleasure of hosting an exclusive 2-day “Google Externship” with Googler, Caitlin. As a first-time Edmonton-visitor, Caitlin was pleased to learn more about our Canadian culture and hear that Edmonton (yes, just Edmonton) was hosting 9 sold-out Garth Brooks concerts!

During her time with us, she was able to share her expertise of Google products and optimizations in order to help us improve some of our AdWords accounts. In addition to doing deep dives into specific accounts, she also provided us with insider tips and tricks on how to improve efficiency in our daily tasks and shared new insights and different ways to use Google products.Close-up view of Google apps on an Android smartphone, including Chrome, Gmail, Maps.

We all know the importance of Google and its impact on our daily lives. Whether it’s to learn more about a topic or to settle an argument, anyone can just “Google it” and find everything they need. In fact, 93% of online experiences begin with a search engine, and the use of search engines is expected to increase by another 15% in 2017. Additionally, 84% of new car buyers and 68% of used car buyers use Google in their shopping journey. Also, 75% of users do not scroll past the first page of search results, hence the importance of advertising.  As a Premier Google Partner, Strathcom understands how to get you noticed on the search results page.

Our ad operations and sales teams greatly benefited from Caitlin’s visit and we are now refreshed and ready to smash your advertising  goals out of the park!

A Look Back at a Successful Year

2016 was a very successful year for Strathcom Media.

We strengthened partnerships, made new partnerships, and even developed and launched a brand new WordPress website platform.

New Website Platform

Last year we had a dream. A dream that resulted in us investing over a million dollars into developing a brand new website platform that was jam packed with new tools for dealers.

Less than a year later, we began moving our dealers onto our all new WordPress platform with technologies like Personalization, Geo-Fencing, Notepad, Silent Salesman and more. This new platform is faster, more secure, and more user friendly so dealers can spend less time making changes to their site and more time selling cars.

New Opportunities with Google

We spent a lot more time with Google in 2016, and even achieved Premier Google Partner status!

In addition to Google breakfasts and hangouts in Vancouver and Toronto, we also held our very first Google event in our hometown of Edmonton, Alberta in June. We also held a contest in September to bring 6 lucky winners to Google’s newest & coolest office in Waterloo, Ontario!

New Partnerships

In 2016 we became a Provider for the Mercedes-Benz Canada Dealer Website Program, and a Preferred Website Vendor for the Kia Dealer Website Certification Program.

We also became a Facebook Marketing Partner and recently hosted our very first Facebook webinar for FCA dealers!

New Conferences

In addition to speaking at conferences like AR Canada and DSES, we also had the opportunity to speak at the first annual Women & Automotive conference in Toronto. We also attended several events including Western Canadian Dealer Summit and ThinkAuto.

We were also included in AR Canada’s Power 200 List for 2016!

New Office

And finally, last month we packed up and moved just up the road into our new office. A new location means a new atmosphere, and a new atmosphere means fresh ideas for the new year.

Thank you to all of our customers for their support, and we look forward to what 2017 has to bring!