Are You Effectively Using Your CO-OP Budget?

As a dealership, you want to utilize all the support you can get from your manufacturer in terms of co-op incentives for advertising. Traditionally, dealerships get co-op for what they spend on print, television and radio advertisements. What you may not know is that this can apply to all or a portion of your digital advertising as well. This co-op advertising partnership helps alleviate some or all the cost of advertising online with your local dealership(s).

Online advertising can be broken down into Google paid-search advertising, display advertising, remarketing, Facebook advertising and a few other platforms. Engaging in your co-op partnership for online advertising allows you to reduce the cost of advertising with more control and have all your advertisements tracked to produce the most ideal leads for your dealership. With online advertising you will be able to curate your ads to be tailored to an audience that is searching for that message. Your advertisements will be highly targeted to display in front of customers that are already engaged in looking for your products or used to re-engage visitors that have viewed your website previously.

Effectively Using Your CO-OP Budget?

Below is a breakdown of various OEMs’ co-op incentives and how Strathcom Media can help you with effectively using your co-op budget.

FCA: FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, You Tube, Facebook/Instagram

Reporting Requirements

  • Dealership must be a part of the FCA program

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, New Vehicles, Location, General, Finance
  • For Finance Models there are some strict rules that FCA requires the dealership to follow

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • No strict postal codes or areas to target

Tactical Required?

  • No tactical required for FCA dealerships

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • 33%, 40% or 50% depending on what tier your dealership is in the program

MERCEDES-BENZ

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Facebook/Instagram

Reporting Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in the MBCA program

Eligible Business Models

  • Passenger Vehicles, Certified Pre-owned, Vans, Smart

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • Yes, there are strict postal codes and areas to target

Tactical Required?

  • In display advertising only for Mercedes-Benz

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • Varies, please reach out to your OEM Rep for co-op amounts

NISSAN

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook/Instagram, Bing

Reporting Requirements

  • Strathcom Media Invoice, Live Ad Example, Confirmation of Publication

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, Fixed Ops, Certified Pre-Owned, New Sales (New, General, Location)

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • Yes, there are strict market areas for each dealership

Tactical Required?

  • No tactical required for Nissan

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • 50% co-op allocated

INFINITI

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Facebook/Instagram

Reporting Requirements

  • Confirmation of Publication, Strathcom Media Invoice, Facebook: Ad Screenshots

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, New Sales, Certified Pre-Owned, Fixed Ops

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • Yes, there is strict primary market area with Infiniti

Tactical Required?

  • No tactical required for Infiniti

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • 50%

KIA

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Twitter, Facebook/Instagram, Bing

Reporting Requirements

  • Confirmation of Publication, Display advertisements must have Kia Canada logo

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, New Sales (New, General, Location), Certified Pre-Owned (Maximum 25% of Spend), Conquesting (Must be Kia specific landing page)

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • Yes, Kia has a strict primary market area

Tactical Required?

  • Strongly suggested that tactical be used by Kia

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • Varies, please contact your OEM representative for details

HONDA / ACURA

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords only

Reporting Requirements

  • Confirmation of Publication, Strathcom Media Invoice

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, Location, Fixed Ops, (New, General Honda/Acura), Used Honda/Acura

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • No strict areas or postal codes to target

Tactical Required?

  • Tactical required in Display ads only for Honda/Acura

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • Varies, please speak with your OEM rep for co-op details

FORD / LINCOLN

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Facebook/Instagram

Reporting Requirements

  • Google Requirements: 1. Internet Affidavit 2. Keyword Report – showing run dates and the cost per keyword Placement Report 4. Strathcom Media Invoice with Display and Banner charges (if running display advertising) on one line, Paid-Search charges on a second, and our management fee on a third line 5. Live Ad Example
  • Facebook Requirements: 1. An invoice that includes the run dates and total cost of the Ford ad(s) and itemizes the agency fee OR a Facebook Billing Report along with a Billing Statement A Facebook Campaign Report showing legible ad creative(s) and clarifying the run dates and cost of each ad. If your Campaign Report does not include a legible image of the ad(s) a screenshot of the ad(s) live on Facebook must be provided

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, New Sales (New, General, Location)

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • Yes, Ford has a strict primary market area

Tactical Required?

  • Tactical messaging is required by Ford

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • Varies, you can reach out to your OEM for accurate details on co-op amounts

JAGUAR / LAND ROVER

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Facebook/ Instagram

Reporting Requirements

  • Confirmation of Publication, Strathcom Media Invoice, Facebook: Ad Screenshots

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, New Sales

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • No strict postal code or area targeting

Tactical Required?

  • No tactical required for Jaguar/Land Rover

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • Varies, please talk with your OEM representative for further co-op details

TOYOTA

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Facebook/ Instagram, You Tube, Twitter, Bing

Reporting Requirements

  • Keyword Report, Live Ad Example, Strathcom Media Invoice

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, New Sales (New, General, Location), Fixed Ops

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • Yes, there is a strict primary market area to target in

Tactical Required?

  • Tactical messaging is needed for Toyota

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • 50%

HYUNDAI

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Facebook/ Instagram, You Tube

Reporting Requirements

  • Strathcom Media Invoice, Confirmation of Publication, Screenshot of display/Facebook ads

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, New Sales (New, General, Location)

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • Yes, there is a strict area of responsibility to target

Tactical Required?

  • Tactical messaging is strongly suggested for Hyundai

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • 50%

LEXUS

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Facebook/ Instagram, You Tube, Twitter, Bing

Reporting Requirements

  • Strathcom Media Invoice, Live Ad Example, Keyword Report

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, New Sales (New, General, Location), Fixed Ops

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • No, there are no strict postal codes or areas to target

Tactical Required?

  • Tactical messaging required for sales only with Lexus

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • 1:1

GM

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Facebook/ Instagram, Twitter, You Tube

Reporting Requirements

  • Confirmation of Publication

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, Fixed Ops, Certified Pre-Owned, New Sales (New, General, Location)

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • Yes, GM has a strict area to target

Tactical Required?

  • Tactical messaging is strongly suggested by GM

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • 50%

MAZDA

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Facebook/ Instagram, You Tube and You Tube Production Costs, Twitter, Bing

Reporting Requirements

  • Stratcom Media Invoice, Live Ad Examples, Keyword Report

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, New Sales (New, General, Location), Certified Pre-Owned

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • Yes, there are strict postal codes and areas to target

Tactical Required?

  • Tactical messaging is required by Mazda

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • 50%

PORSCHE

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Facebook/ Instagram

Reporting Requirements

  • Confirmation of Publication, Stathcom Media Invoice, Facebook: Ad Screenshots

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, New Sales, Certified Pre-Owned, Fixed Ops

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • Yes, Porsche has a strict primary market area to target

Tactical Required?

  • No tactical messaging is required by Porsche

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • Varies, please inquire with your OEM representative for co-op amounts

VOLVO

Eligible Networks

  • Google Adwords, Facebook/ Instagram

Reporting Requirements

  • Confirmation of Publication, Strathcom Media Invoice, Facebook: Ad Screenshots

Eligible Business Models

  • Branded, New Sales

Strict Primary Market Area / Area of Responsibility?

  • No, Volvo does not have a strict area to target

Tactical Required?

  • No tactical is required by Volvo

Co-op Amount Allocated

  • Varies, please speak with your OEM rep for amounts allocated for co-op

Strathcom Media looks forward to helping you with effectively using your co-op budget to start reducing your cost of online advertising. It is time to utilize your co-op partnership properly and leave less money on the table! Contact us to make Strathcom Media your valued ally in advertising online and start generating warm leads with your OEM’s money instead!

Facebook’s Heart Will Go On – Facebook Newsfeed Changes

Facebook newsfeed changes

The Titanic didn’t change directions easily. It changed directions almost reluctantly, because A) it was an ordeal to maneuver such a large vessel, and B) the staff didn’t want to cause concern among the wealthy elites on board (and I don’t have to tell you how that worked out; James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster probably handled that already). This example is an apt metaphor about how surging ahead blindly in a straight line, without planning far ahead for directional changes, can be the downfall of a large organization. In a recent statement from its founder, Facebook essentially said they’re changing directions, and they aim to avoid such a fate. Here’s what you can expect from recent Facebook newsfeed changes… Continue reading “Facebook’s Heart Will Go On – Facebook Newsfeed Changes”

Google Think Auto 2017: A Quick Recap

Google Think Auto 2017
Toronto Centre for the Arts, September 7, 2017

This past Thursday, we were fortunate enough to attend this year’s edition of Google Think Auto at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Although the venue changed from the usual scene at Massey Hall and the direction of the event was slightly different by not having individual dealers out (check out our blog on the upcoming Think Dealer events!), the content was useful and provided a different perspective on our ever changing Canadian car buyer market. Continue reading “Google Think Auto 2017: A Quick Recap”

Boosted Posts are Bullshit.

There is no mincing words here: boosted posts are bullshit.

It’s definitely an enticing idea, sure – you get that notification that gives you a little digital pat on the back that the Facebook post you made earlier is performing better than 75% of the posts on that Page, and you can boost it for $X and reach up to blank-thousand more people.

And that’s when you mark the notification as read, and step away from the computer. Don’t click on it, don’t pick a number of days to boost it for, and don’t plug your credit card in.

We can give you any number of answers as to why it’s a bad idea, but here’s the only one that matters: Continue reading “Boosted Posts are Bullshit.”

Recommended for You

If you have ever shopped on sites like Amazon, eBay, or Expedia, you are likely familiar with the concept of recommendation marketing. However, you may not know just how effective this type of marketing is. In fact, Amazon’s recommendation engine generates 35% of their revenue and according to an article on Fortune.com:

“Judging by Amazon’s success, the recommendation system works. The company reported a 29% sales increase to $12.83 billion during its second fiscal quarter, up from $9.9 billion during the same time last year. A lot of that growth arguably has to do with the way Amazon has integrated recommendations into nearly every part of the purchasing process…”

Cropped photo of man using credit card to make payments Recommendation marketing is essentially upselling 2.0. Companies like Amazon, Expedia and Netflix track what you view and use an algorithm to determine which additional items you are likely to purchase/watch. A humorous example of this is the drug dealer example; when someone looks at a scale on Amazon, Amazon recommends a vaccuum-sealed storage container, rolling papers, and a spice grinder because these are items that are frequently purchased together.

How can auto dealers incorporate recommendation marketing?

One way is Dynamic Remarketing. This type of remarketing shows potential buyers ads based on the inventory they viewed on your site. For example, if someone viewed a Ford Explorer, you could show them ads for some other Ford Explorers in your inventory or other models that people tend to also look at; like the Edge, for example.

Another way is Website Personalization and Geo-Fencing. With these tools you can set rules that change the images, messaging and CTA’s on your site based on where the user is located and/or which pieces of inventory they viewed. If the user is a student at the local university, you can recommend vehicles under $10,000, for example.

young people view car ad

A third way is with lookalike audiences on Facebook. Lookalike audiences are when your CRM list is uploaded to Facebook and Facebook advertises to those that share similar characteristics to your current customers. Similar to how Netflix recommends shows to you based on what your Facebook friends watch.

If you want to get started on recommendation marketing or would like to learn more about any of these tools, drop us a line or subscribe to our newsletter!

Every Country is the Best at Something…

When one thinks of Canada, what is one normally reminded of? Hockey? Maple syrup? Saying ‘sorry’ too much? According to a recent study, Canada is known for personal freedom. But if you look at the study, you will see that before personal freedom was listed, Canada was known as  the country that is on Facebook the most! At first I found this result to be surprising, but it turns out that Canadians are online and on Facebook more than any other country.

what every country is known for

So why is Facebook still not being utilized in the automotive industry? Why are millions of dollars still being spent on print ads when Facebook, Canada’s personalized newspaper, is where everyone is looking?

If you are not advertising on Facebook, now is a great time to try it out. If you start a campaign with Strathcom today, you will receive $500 in bonus Facebook ad spend.

To find out more, give us a call or sign up for our newsletter!

Facebook Visits Strathcom Media!

Facebook logoSome of our friends at Facebook dropped by our office to share some information about their products as well as to answer some of our questions. First, they shared some of their statistics from the latest quarter:

  • There are 1.8 billion people on Facebook worldwide and 550 million people on Instagram.
  • In Canada, there are 22 million people on Facebook and 17 million of those users are daily users.
  • there are 3.1 million apps available on the App Store and 82% of time spent on apps is only spent on 5 of them; the most time is spent on Facebook.

One question that we asked Facebook was: “what benefit does advertising on Facebook have over ‘boosted’ or ‘sponsored’ posts?”. This depends on what your goals for online advertising are. If you want Likes, Shares, and Facebook Friends, boosted posts are what you are looking for. If you want leads and to sell cars, Lead Ads on Facebook are what you are looking for. If you are unsure of what the difference is between boosted posts and lead ads, here are some examples:

Example of a Lead Ad on Facebook
Example of a Lead Ad
Example of a boosted post on Facebook
Example of a Boosted Post

Now what everyone really wanted to know: What advantages are there to advertising on Facebook that you won’t get on traditional search engines – even Google. Facebook was pretty transparent on both the benefits and shortcomings of advertising on their platform. Search engines are the perfect place for a dealership to get in front of their customers at the last possible second of the purchase journey; keyword-based searches drive high-intent clicks and conversions. While Facebook doesn’t offer keyword-based search ads, they do offer something that (we think) is even better, identity-based targeting. Facebook wouldn’t share their secret sauce with us but it turns out Facebook doesn’t use the traditional cookie-based tracking that most people are used to when attributing actions or generating targeting buckets. Through their technology, Facebook is able to track their users through their actions and behaviors on the platform. Your likes, comments, uploaded photos, hashtags and more are all used to to help Facebook determine exactly who you are and what you’re interested in. Because they don’t use cookies, there’s no risk of lost data when a customer switches between devices or clears their browsing history. This revolutionary identity tracking algorithm takes the typical interest targeting accuracy from 62% to an astonishing 92%!

It’s not just how Facebook targets customers that helps win over our hearts. Facebook is Canada’s biggest media channel with the average person spending an average of 50 minutes a day scrolling through news feeds, profiles and groups – think of all the possible eyeballs on your ads!

If you’re as excited about Facebook advertising as we are, it’s time to consider adding it to your advertising repertoire. It’s not just for sharing cat videos or baby pictures. Facebook is a powerful website traffic and conversion driver that everyone should be taking advantage of. Get started with Strathcom today and receive $500 in bonus Facebook ad spend!

WHY SHOULD CHRYSLER DEALERS USE STRATHCOM?

Strathcom Media is one of a few Chrysler Digital Certified Providers in Canada, but what makes us the number one online advertising provider for your dealership?2017-Chrysler-300

We are a recognized Canadian Premier Google Partner. Why is working with a Google Partner better?

Google Partners are well-versed in all things AdWords and must continuously meet Google’s standards to maintain partner status. Being a Premier Google Partner means Strathcom employees have certifications that are current and they are on top of the rapidly changing developments in Paid Search. This means we offer a competitive advantage to our clients and that you are receiving the highest quality customer service.

Being a Premier Google Partner also allows Strathcom to test Google’s beta features. When Google releases a new application or update, Strathcom gets to take part in beta programs before it is available to the general public.  This means that your dealership can leverage the advantages gained by using Google marketing features before your competition even has access to it!

Google encourages ongoing experimentation and requires Strathcom to demonstrate that we are actively doing split testing on ads to ensure the use of different keywords and messaging. A Google Partner that doesn’t continue to maintain Google’s standards can have their badge removed.

We are also a Facebook Preferred Marketing Partner, which – similar to being a Premier Google Partner – means that we have access to more insights and access to more training from Facebook. In fact, on December 3, we will be co-hosting a webinar with Facebook to discuss ways that Chrysler and other FCA dealers can take advantage of the slick tools that Facebook has to offer. If you are a Chrysler dealer, you can register for this free webinar here. If you are not a Chrysler dealer, we will be hosting Facebook webinars with other OEMs in the future, so stay tuned!

2017-chrysler-pacifica-first-drive-review-car-and-driver-photo-665923-s-450x274Aside from being a Premier Google Partner and a Facebook Partner, what sets Strathcom apart from other companies? First, Strathcom is focused exclusively on the Canadian automotive industry. Our knowledge and experience gained in this industry over the years allows us to know firsthand how advertising online has changed and we have adapted with it. With our knowledge, we can help you improve the results you are getting online, get an edge online in the  automotive industry, generate more leads and increase your brand awareness.

We also offer transparent monthly reporting on account performance, such as impressions, clicks and conversions. Our Paid Search analysts hand write a monthly report which outlines achievements and recommendations for your account. Reporting data is pulled directly from your Adwords and Google Analytics accounts – which you will also have full access to!

The best part? We are a Chrysler Digital partner that can help you claim co-op dollars through online advertising. Not sure what you need? Work with us to customize a campaign to your dealership. Mix and match Social Media, Search, Display, Remarketing, and even Hyper (re)Targeting packages until you get exactly what you want.

For more information, please visit: http://www.strathcom.ca/chrysler/ and register for our Facebook Webinar for FCA Dealers.

How Your Dealership Can Take Advantage of Facebook’s Messenger v1.3 Platform with Click-to-Message Ads

It’s time to start considering Facebook Messenger as a powerful tool in your advertising arsenal. The recent update to Facebook Messenger adds a lot more functionality to the platform and allows advertisers to start 1-to-1 conversations with your target audience straight from their news feed.new Facebook ad platform

Live conversations with News Feed Message Ads

Messenger ads allow you to use Facebook’s powerful targeting features and connect directly with prospects, your competition’s followers, or previous customers. Once a chat is started you can connect directly with users and have an in-depth 1-1 conversation. Or if you want to get more complex, you can run a “chatbot” to walk the user through a series of steps and provide useful information. Companies like Burger King are even using Facebook Messenger to take orders!

Follow up automatically on previous conversations

Forget your email list, sponsored messages now allow you to follow up with your target audience and remind them about sales, events, and relevant information. This allows you to keep the 1-1 conversation going with anyone who has engaged with you on messenger previously. The best part is that sponsored messages show up exactly like a traditional Facebook Message in the same chat window.

Share chats and get referrals

Users can even choose to share chats with friends, allowing your ad to go further and reach more people. For example, opting into your coupon for a “20% off oil change” or “$500 trade-in credit” and sharing the chat with their friend. Or you could follow up with someone who recently purchased or serviced at your store and ask them for a referral, the user shares the chat and their friends can connect with you.

 

Perfect for your dealership

These new features couldn’t be a more relevant solution to your dealership. Starting live conversations straight from an ad and being able to follow up much like an email list is exactly what dealers need to engage with car buyers on Facebook. You could promote a highly targeted sale with a coupon ad, deliver the coupon through chat and engage users through a live conversation and even set an appointment with the user. The user can share the same chat, invite another friend to your promotion and you can automatically follow up later with them through a message at a later date.

If you want to be one of the first to try out the new platform and find out how you can receive $500 in bonus Facebook ad spend, give us a shout today!

Worldwide Digital and Mobile Ad Spending is on the Rise!

After eMarketer’s latest update to their 2015-2020 forecast, the key points put focus on the growing spend and digital and mobile’s impact.

They are now predicting that ad spend is going to rise faster than previously expected. Having grown to $550.51 billion, global ad spend saw an increase of 7.2% in 2016. Digital ad spend is set to climb 20.3% to 194.60 billion for 2016. The increased jump is due to the recent Summer Olympics in Rio followed by the US presidential election.

From 2015 to 2020 ad spend growth is expected to maintain between 5% and 9% increase per year. eMarkerter also expects that by 2020 $724.06 billion will be invested in advertising.

Consider how to target the mobile market

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Why Honda Dealers Should Choose Strathcom Media

So, you have decided to have work done on your website or online marketing. But who should you leave in charge? Many dealers figure they’re going to wind up with the same end result no matter the provider. Wrong! Value is what counts, and we are proud to offer just that to our Honda and Acura dealers across Canada2017 Honda Accord Sedan

If you are unaware, we have been working with Honda and Acura Canada for the past 7 years on the Power Honda and CUV program and sending your certified used inventory to a number of different portals.

Our expertise in website design, online advertising, dealer tools, inventory management and much more makes us confident we can help you improve the results you are getting online. Why are we so confident we can help Honda dealers? It’s simple, we have proven ourselves to be a valued partner to Honda and a number of Honda dealers for over 17 years.

Here are a number of other benefits that Strathcom can offer you as a Honda or Acura dealer

Honda CivicStrathcom Media works with Honda to build websites that meet your brand guidelines, making it a smooth experience to develop a website that stands out and converts. You can also increase your online exposure through Strathcom as we can send your inventory to over 70 automotive and media portals across Canada.

Strathcom offers DMS automation and we are a Reynolds and Reynolds certified provider. If that doesn’t sound familiar, this means we can take the information from your DMS and drop it right into the back end of our easy loader market platform where you can adjust pictures, pricing and descriptions very easily.

If you are contemplating entering the online advertising world, or you’re not sure if your money is going to the right place, we can offer you a free online advertising review and we can develop a tailored strategy for your area. We would be happy to audit your campaign and let you know what’s working well and the opportunities available to you to improve your results.

Give us shout, we would be happy to sit down with you and answer any questions you might have!

Instagram Advertising

With over 500 million users, Instagram is becoming one of the largest mobile platforms and a large contender for other advertising mediums. In 2015, Instagram launched Instagram Ads which has given businesses the ability to increase awareness, message association, as well as increase traffic to their websites.  Before choosing which ad format works best for your company’s objectives, you need to choose an audience that best fits your business model. For example:

  • Where are you trying to target (location)?
  • What age range?
  • What detailed interest are you trying to target?

After choosing your target audience, now you have the hardest choice to make:  which ad format should you choose?

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How Mobile-Friendly Are Your Ads?

Mobile search has become a way of life for consumers. In fact, Google proclaimed that 2015 was the first year that saw more searches being done on mobile devices than on desktops and laptops combined. Not surprisingly, more and more people conduct their research online before making a purchase, and automotive customers are no different. Buyers are now Googling vehicle brands, reading reviews, comparing models, and visiting dealership websites before finally deciding on which vehicles they’re interested in and where they will be purchased.

Customers are spending more and more time on their smartphones

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Testimonials: Are They Still Relevant?

Are your website or marketing campaigns failing to generate business? How do you convince uncertain buyers that your product and services meet their needs and expectations? How do you persuade them that they are right to call on your services and right to trust you?

One of the most effective ways to persuade a potential customer is to show credible testimonials.

Why is this?

How often do you hear the following statements: “I’m not much of a car person”, or “I don’t know much about cars”. Now, put yourself in your customer’s shoes. What do you do when you need to buy a product you don’t know much about?  What is your initial reaction when you are searching for an expensive product or service? According to Google’s Think Auto data, 48% of people consult the internet for vehicle information, and 25% consult their family and friends for this information. This is because prospective clients want to mitigate as much risk as possible. When we are faced with a tremendous amount of vehicles to choose from, we all want to make the “right decision” and avoid making a purchasing mistake.

Loyal customers have a story to tell. Give someone who has already made a similar purchasing decision a chance to tell their story in front of the cameras and showcase what’s great about your dealership.

These testimonies will play a huge role in reassuring customers of their decision making throughout the buying process. That being said, not all customer testimonials are created equal. Unfortunately, many false recommendations circulate on the web, which makes it even more important to make sure your customer testimonials are credible and authentic.

Once you are ready to reap the benefits of a strong video testimonial, get on YouTube! This medium is greatly underutilized by Canadian car dealers. The potential to drive a lot more traffic and inexpensive pay-per-click rates are the two components that make YouTube a great tool for delivering video advertisements.

And guess what? Here at Strathcom Media, our automotive video production team will come right to your  dealership with the proper equipment to produce high-quality videos without disrupting your day-to-day operations. All you need to do is have your vehicles (and any featured customers) detailed, polished, and ready to film. We will edit your videos to your satisfaction, and then optimize them for search engines to help you get the most views possible.

Check out one of our testimonial videos below!

Car Dealers Back To The Basics: The 4Ps of Marketing

One of the first things any business student would learn in their marketing class would be the famous 4P’s of marketing which can also be referred to as Marketing Mix, or the definition of marketing itself.

Digital Marketing is defined by the four P's

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Turn Even More Website Visitors into Leads

Advertisers love the ability to follow around potential customers with remarketing ads because it’s a great reminder to customers of their ever growing list of wants, as the advertiser patiently waits until your will power is at its lowest and for you to finally return and make your next purchase. You may even be running these images ads for your own dealership.

Today, this is how most people search for new vehicles.

Now, what if I told you that you could have this same stalking ability but get your business in front of audience that is actively shopping for your products a second time? No more passive approach to remarketing, patiently waiting until a user is ready to continue down the purchase path. You can skip the waiting and now entice previous website visitors when they’re actively on the hunt again. How can this be? Well…

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Turn Pictures into Cash with Instagram Ads

Since 2013, many big brand companies have been taking advantage of Instagram’s 400+ million member community by sharing high quality, image-rich content while driving results that matter. Thanks to the great success of these campaigns, Instagram has opened up their advertising product to all advertisers, internationally. No brand, budget or idea is too small to take advantage of this next wave of social media advertising.

Turn Instagram ads into happy customers and increased revenue!

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Google’s Changes to Quality Score – What Does It Mean for You?

Quality Score is one of the key attributes in ensuring the success of your AdWords account. At the end of the day Quality Score does two things for you:

  • Enables your keywords to be eligible and tells Google your ads can be shown
  • Lowers your cost of advertising

Quality score can range from 1 through 10, 10 being the highest quality score can be and guarantees eligibility for your ad to be shown. Google wants to make sure that ads are relevant to the user, and a score of 10 proves this.

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Are You Paying 20% Extra to Have Your Website & Advertising through a U.S. Provider?

crossborder_cash_largeWe’ve all heard about it in the news: the Canadian dollar has tanked. It is at its lowest since March of 2009 and doesn’t look like it is going to improve anytime soon. Most people will feel the pinch of the low loonie when traveling to the States or ordering online, but it is business-to-business transactions that are causing auto dealers to re-examine their website and advertising providers. Continue reading “Are You Paying 20% Extra to Have Your Website & Advertising through a U.S. Provider?”