The Super Bowl has concluded for yet another year and for those of us within the automotive industry it sure was interesting to see the various automotive commercials that Toyota, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Audi, and Lincoln created. As we grabbed for more nachos while football took a break and the anticipated Super Bowl intermissions commenced. This year there was a strong winner, a motor company that made great strides to appeal to their demographic and put the driver first. The winner hands down for this year’s automotive Super Bowl commercial goes to… the Chrysler Group.
We have all taken a flight across country, over international lines, or from one state to another and I’m sure there are lists of things we could number off that have made us disgruntled or pleased, either while waiting at the airport or in the sky. Personally, I have flown for many years and by default it has been with South West Airlines, but my recent experience with JetBlue has changed the way I will be flying in the future.
As with any site, the more exposure received the better it is for your brand, in particular organic exposure. Organic is content seen by people on the site and is numbers or views that are not inflated with fake or irrelevant accounts. Although once upon a time where views came from didn’t matter, today in social media it does, and knowing what tool can help you gain exposure without hurting your brand is a valuable lesson to learn prior to using any tools.
The normal order of business is to ensure that every department has a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) however, with the addition of Social Media in recent years; some companies may find it hard to create or unify their team members in keeping it not only followed but updated.
This has become a struggle with many companies that have added Social Media to the mix and since it too needs some order, the question often asked is “Does Social Media need an SOP?”
If you have a business page setup on Facebook and looking to gain more local people on your page as well as spread your brand further within your community, Facebook Nearby is a new mobile location based feature that has been helping profiles thus far but as of last month, Facebook decided to add a global update to their feature and include “Nearby” for businesses as well.
The New Year has rung in and the Holiday Season is officially over. That means it is time to get revamped for the New Year and ensure your Dealership is staying ahead of the times when it comes to your social media strategy. You might already have one and think that it works so no need to fix it and you may be right, depending on your budget and your time, although the hopes is that many GM’s have resolved themselves in thinking that social media is a fad or has no purpose within the Automotive Industry, since if you haven’t felt the effects of what social media can do for your dealership it only means you are doing it wrong or have the wrong person or vendor aiding you on your behalf.
It is time to be blunt and straight forward about your social media efforts that no longer should be a back-burner priority since it should have by now been integrated within your marketing strategy as to how you not only create advertisement but how you can create engagement with others to build relationships. It is now 2013 and that means you no longer should have excuses as to why your dealership is not spending time on various social networks or appointing someone who continuously communicates to you as to what is going on because you care, even if you do not have the time to do it yourself, you care, not because it is social media, but because it is your brand and the means to connect and contact others in real-time is what is required of a business and you are a business. Period.
Therefore we are going to say farewell to negative thoughts surrounding social media and hop into the positive seat to drive your dealership into the houses and minds of potential buyers. As a dealership, you already know that one buyer can turn into generations of buyers, especially with your great staff and customer service. This is true for your presence on social networks, except now your efforts are amplified.
Here is a check list to ensure your dealership is starting the New Year off right.
Promoted posts on Facebook is a simple, inexpensive way to gain more views on an article, promotion or exposure for your Facebook page, depending on what your marketing goal is will ultimately decipher your end result. Although it is an easy way of getting seen further on Facebook, you need to know when and what to promote so your efforts don’t become a waste of time or lose the true effects a proper promoted post can do for your business.
The Holiday season is within the air, some crisper than others, but it is most certainly here and as it has unfolded we have spent our spare time adding decorations to the outside of our houses; wreaths upon doors, stringed lights across the eaves of the roof and making the indoors just as festive. Why not our social networks?
Many car dealers have created or have thought about creating a Facebook Business page for their dealership due to the social network having one billion users and three billion likes and comments generated daily. Facebook is where people like to share, explore, and connect, which ultimately makes it the perfect place for car dealers to engage with potential buyers.
To some of you this may be considered old news, yet to others this could be valuable new news that may help with time management when it comes to your multiple Facebook Pages or for businesses that have one Facebook Page, either way, using your mobile device to manage your page on Facebook can certainly decrease the loss of interaction if you are unable to sit in front of a computer all day.